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Tooth Replacement Options in Madison AL

Older woman enjoying her new smile after dental implants at [[CLIENTEX:PRACTICENAMEWhen you have lost some of your teeth, at Singing River Dentistry, we always advise that you get them replaced. The earlier you replace teeth, the better, as you may avert many repercussions associated with tooth loss.

Different options are available to replace missing teeth. From bridges to dentures to dental implants, you can re-establish the function of your bite and restore the aesthetics and health of your smile.

Understanding Tooth Loss and Replacement

Elements like tooth decay, gum disease, caries, and trauma can leave people without their natural teeth. After your natural teeth are lost, you can only replace them. We are gifted in life with only one set of permanent teeth, and if they are lost, they cannot regrow. Instead, there must be an alternative used.

The Impact of Missing Teeth

When missing teeth, you risk losing the remaining ones. The bone that holds the tooth roots begins to shrink, weakening the surrounding teeth. In the first year alone, you could be losing up to 25 percent of your jawbone due to missing teeth. It is important to replace a single tooth and imperative to replace multiple teeth.

The remaining teeth start shifting toward the empty spaces, causing bite or teeth misalignment. Your oral hygiene becomes difficult to maintain because bacteria, biofilm, and leftovers get stuck in the gaps, risking the development of gum disease and cavities.

Exploring Tooth Replacement Solutions

In the past, we only relied on dentures that rested on the gums, but today, we have dental implants that can support bridges, crowns, and even dentures. Today, dental implants for tooth replacement are regarded as the best option to restore missing teeth.

Dental Implants: A Permanent Solution

If you are seeking a lasting solution to teeth replacement, dental implants are the best solution. They are rooted into the jawbone, providing both support and stability for your replacement teeth. Since they are fabricated of metal, they are sturdy and readily bond with the bone to make a strong foundation for your new teeth.

What Are Dental Implants?

A dental implant is a titanium or zirconia post that our dentist mounts on the jawbone to support an artificial tooth like a crown, denture, or bridge. Dental implants have the structure of a tooth and feature the components of a natural tooth, including the root and crown.

Benefits of Dental Implants for Tooth Replacement

Many benefits come with tooth replacement using dental implants. First, tooth implants are strong and durable. Further, implants are highly stable because they are inserted in the jawbone, where they osseointegrate, or fuse with, the bone to be part of it.

Additionally, no extra upkeep is needed for dental implants. You just brush and floss normally. You can eat your favorite foods because implants provide sufficient chewing and biting force like natural teeth.

Dental Bridges

One of the options patients have for replacing lost teeth is a dental bridge. You can think of dental bridgework as a restoration that bridges the gap left by missing teeth with new artificial teeth.

How Dental Bridges Work

A dentist mounts the bridge on the nearby teeth just adjacent to the space where the lost teeth were before. Those adjacent teeth are referred to as abutment teeth and provide the support needed for the dental bridge. A dentist files down the abutment teeth, making sufficient space where the crowns providing support will be mounted.

Advantages of Dental Bridges for Tooth Replacement

A dental bridge is affixed to the adjacent teeth, so the bridgework is not removable. It restores chewing function, speech, and the look of the smile. The tooth replacement will look natural. You can replace a single tooth or two or three teeth with a bridge. Further, a dental bridge could also utilize dental implants for more stability.

Dentures: Removable Tooth Replacement

For those seeking another option for replacing missing teeth, dentures are a perfect fit. Dentures replace upper and lower teeth and are crafted from acrylic, metal, porcelain, or resin. Traditional dentures are designed to rest on the gums. They may be held in place by suction force, or they may be fitted with an adhesive.

Types of Dentures

When you visit us, we will explain and show you the different types of dentures. There are partials, which involve replacing a few missing or lost teeth. Additionally, there are full dentures that are fabricated to replace a whole arch of teeth, either the lower, upper, or both arches.

Further, implanted supported dentures are available, which have more stability. All-on-4 implants are a typical example of implant-supported dentures.

Benefits of Dentures for Tooth Replacement

Wearing dentures allows you to improve your chewing function. You can eat foods normally, but ensure you avoid very hard or crunchy foods or objects because they can damage the dentures. Further, dentures elevate your facial look and allow you to speak more clearly than you can when missing teeth. Last but not least, dentures ensure better nutrition due to improvement in chewing function.

Comparison of Tooth Replacement Options

Before settling for a particular tooth replacement option, it is always good to make a comparison between the different types. Here, we compare dental implants and other options like dentures and bridges.

Dental Implants vs. Dental Bridges

Dental implants can replace a single tooth, multiple, or entire arch of teeth. However, a dental bridge can only replace one, two, or three teeth. Further, a dental bridge is a solution when a patient may not have the bone volume or density needed to support a dental implant.

Dental Implants vs. Dentures

Dental implants give you the best tooth-like replacement option when it comes to the health and functionality of your bite. A denture may be a choice when bone has receded or if you need a different option as you wait to get dental implants. Dentures are removable, while dental implants are permanently affixed.

FAQs about Tooth Replacement

Here are a few FAQs that patients present to us when seeking tooth replacement for lost teeth.

Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants, Bridges, or Dentures?

You are a candidate for dental implants if your gums and jawbone are healthy. A candidate for a bridge or dentures is one with insufficient bone to receive implants.

Is Tooth Replacement a Painful Procedure?

Getting teeth replaced is not painful. Even though surgery or filing down of teeth may be involved, the procedure usually does not hurt. We utilize anesthetic as well as sedation dentistry for a calm, comfortable, and pain-free treatment.

How Long Do Dental Implants, Bridges, or Dentures Last?

Your dental implants can last over three decades. Many people have their implants last forever, with only the crowns being replaced about every 15 years. Bridges last about five to 15 years, but implant-supported ones can last longer. Dentures last about seven to 10 years.

Can I Get Dental Implants if I Have Gum Disease?

You cannot receive dental implants unless you have gum disease treated first. Our dentist will work with you to see that you get your gum disease addressed before pursuing implant placement.

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Call Your Madison Dentist Today and Make a Plan to Replace Missing Teeth!

To learn more about tooth replacement options and which one works for your particular case, contact us at Singing River Dentistry. Call us at 256 - 562 - 4001 to book an appointment.

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Tooth Replacement Options in Madison AL
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