As we get older suddenly we realised many things we didn't appreciate about being young - being fit, having smooth skin and having all your own teeth. As our loose teeth (and bridges) struggle to deal with chewier food we start eating bland mush and, there is no easy way to say this, OLD PEOPLE FOOD. I'm determined not to let that happen to me and I'm doing everything I can to keep my own teeth as long as possible, and when that's not possible to get the best possible teeth replacement. If you are like me and want to keep on eating whatever you want, I think you'll like my site. It's all about dental health and teeth replacement & maintenance.
When you lose one or multiple teeth, it is imperative to seek out restorative treatment options. Depending on the number of teeth lost, you could end up having your ability to chew impaired. Additionally, gaps in your jawbone could lead to crowding or tipping of your other teeth. Not to mention that tooth loss could also affect your overall appearance, hence, dealing a blow to your self-esteem. One of the most efficient ways of ensuring that your oral health is not compromised is by opting for false teeth. The good news is that there are numerous options available when seeking tooth replacement. Here are some of the treatments you could consider.
This type of tooth replacement is typically supported by your existing teeth. The dentist will grind away at the adjacent healthy teeth so that a bridge can comfortably fit atop them. This bridge then holds the false tooth or teeth that will be filling the gap left by your missing teeth. It should be noted though that these fixed bridges do not work toward stimulating the underlying jawbone. They also require occasional maintenance to ensure that they remain in good condition. If the bridge becomes compromised over time due to wear and tear, you may have to replace it with a new one.
This is one of the more common options when it comes to false teeth. There are two types of dentures that you could opt for, these are full or partial dentures. Your choice will ultimately depend on the number of teeth that are missing. It should be noted though that although this type of tooth replacement may appear natural, they are usually removable. Hence, they need to fit snugly or you would have to contend with your dentures coming off at the most inopportune times.
These are also commonly referred to as resin-bonded bridges. They comprise metallic wings on either side of the replacement bridge that are used to attach the false teeth onto the healthy teeth adjacent to the gap. This type of bridge is best suited for teeth that do not have to withstand the constant rigours of chewing and biting Hence, they are best suited for the restoration of incisors. Maryland bridges tend to be more resilient that conventional removal dentures. However, since they are not firmly attached to the natural teeth as fixed bridges, they are not as sturdy.
For more information on false teeth, talk to a professional.