If you are missing teeth, Norfolk, VA dentist Dr. John Cranham recommends replacing them as soon as possible. It’s imperative to replace even one or more missing teeth due to the negative effects the void will have on your oral health and over-all health. The way your smile looks, your ability to speak, and your overall self-confidence will begin to also diminish if left untreated. If you avoid replacing missing teeth, it will lead to changes that affect your health including:
- Change in your bite
- Affect your speech
- Affect your health due to inability to chew certain foods
- Bone loss may occur
- Cause plaque buildup on remaining teeth
- Decreased quality of life
Options for Missing Teeth
Whether you are missing one tooth or multiple teeth, Dr. Cranham offers many options for replacement. Your primary options are dental bridges, dentures, and dental implant secured dental restorations. Each type of treatment has its own advantages and disadvantages.
Norfolk, VA dentist, Dr. Cranham, will recommend dental implants because they are the most natural-looking and advanced solution for the replacement of missing teeth. A dental implant is actually a metal post that is surgically placed in the jaw. The number of implants you will need is determined by the number and location of the missing teeth and the type of dental restoration being attached. Depending on the patient’s situation, a dental crown, dental bridge, or denture will be attached to the implant(s).
Dental implants are a long-term investment in your overall well-being and oral health and may help to prevent the need for further advanced dental care. With dental implants there are no restrictions on what you can eat since they are durable, stable and permanent. Dental implants stimulate the jaw bone which helps stimulate bone growth that will prevent bone loss. Even though dental implants cost more than other teeth replacement options, when properly placed and cared for, dental implants can last a lifetime.
A dental bridge is a restoration that is used to “bridge” a gap between teeth. The bridgework is a series of prosthetic teeth linked together and supported by an anchor on either side of the gap. A dental bridge is supported by the surrounding natural teeth which require grinding down in order to provide a place to attach the bridge. When compared to dental implants, a dental bridge is a more affordable option if you’re missing teeth. Dr. Cranham also offers fixed dental bridges that are anchored either with dental crowns and/or dental implants.
Dentures are for people who are missing a whole row of teeth. Dentures are the more affordable option when compared to dental implants but there are a lot of draw backs. There are dietary restrictions, fear of falling out or slipping and the risk of bone loss when you choose dentures to replace your missing teeth. Norfolk, VA dentist, Dr. Cranham can also secure your dentures with dental implants, also known as All On Four. With dentures secured by dental implants there are no food restrictions and no risk of bone loss since the implants stimulate bone growth.