Teeth play not only an important functional role, but an aesthetic one as well – we need teeth to eat, to maintain our health as well as to smile. The absence of one or multiple teeth has negative effects on life quality in multiple ways – it makes eating and digesting food more difficult and it also has a negative impact on self-esteem. Fortunately, there are several great approaches to replacing lost teeth – here are the best solutions, as recommended by Colorado Springs oral surgery experts.
Implants are the most modern, most durable and most comfortable tooth replacement solutions. After the removal of the tooth, the patient needs to wait for about 4-6 months for the jawbone to heal and strengthen properly, then a titanium post is applied into the jawbone, followed by another waiting period of a couple of months, then an abutment is installed on top of the post, followed by the application of the crown. The process is lengthy, but the benefits are huge, implanted teeth looking, working and feeling every bit as natural teeth.
These solutions are recommended for patients who have one or several teeth extracted or missing in a sequence and the gap has healthy teeth on both ends on which the bridge can be installed. The process starts with the inspection of the teeth by the dentist, then a mold is taken of the row of teeth on which the bridge will be implemented. The two healthy teeth at the ends of the gap are adjusted to receive the bridge, then the bridge prepared by a dental technician is fastened onto the two healthy teeth at the end to fill the gap.
Removable Partial Denture
This solution is suitable for patients who have too many missing teeth in a row and don’t have teeth on which a fixed bridge could be implemented. Removable dentures look like natural teeth and they also feel almost like the patient’s natural teeth used to, but they might cause slight discomfort when chewing or grinding hard foods. Removable partial dentures need to be removed regularly for cleaning and they might need to be fixed with special substances for the day.
Removable Complete Dentures
Removable complete dentures are a great solution for people who have no or very few teeth in a row and who don’t want to or cannot have implants. The process of getting removable complete dentures starts with an inspection of the gums by the dentist, followed by the dental treatments to remove root or tooth residues if necessary. After the gum and the remaining teeth have healed completely, a mold is taken of the patient’s mouth and the dental technician executes the dentures.
Removable complete dentures feel and work almost like natural teeth, but they are not intended to be worn 24/7 and they need to be removed for the night. Rigorous cleaning of the gums, of the remaining teeth as well as of the dentures is also necessary and the special materials used for fixing partial dentures are to be used for complete dentures as well.