More often than not, it's a good idea to have missing teeth replaced as soon as possible to keep your mouth healthy and to prevent more tooth structure from being lost. Our Pembroke and Deep River dentists can offer a range of options for replacing your missing teeth, and you and your dentist will work together to determine which option is most suitable for you.
Should I really replace my missing teeth?
Left untreated, missing teeth can cause a variety of oral health issues. Since the remaining teeth can shift out of their proper positions, difficulty chewing, wear and tear on the surrounding teeth, misalignment of the bite and discomfort are all possible.
A condition referred to as facial collapse happens when the jaw bone in the area where teeth are missing starts to deteriorate, eventually leading to the loss of facial function.
Replacement Options for Missing Teeth
After you arrive at our dental office in Ontario, your dentist will go over the following tooth replacement options with you to help you choose the one that best meets your needs and fits within your financial budget.
Dentures are removable tooth replacements. The results will never be exactly the same as having your natural teeth, and the procedure can take some getting used to. On the other hand, modern dentures are comfortable, natural-looking and highly functional. In most cases, they are also the least expensive option for replacing missing teeth.
Depending on your requirements, you can choose between two different types of dentures. Full dentures are designed to replace all of the teeth in either the upper or lower jaw. Partial dentures can be used to replace a single missing tooth or a group of teeth in a row. Based on the impressions taken of your mouth, your dentures will be made specifically for you.
A dental bridge is a fixed tooth replacement that is attached to the teeth or dental implants on either side of the gap where the tooth is missing. Dental bridges are non-removable, resulting in a secure and comfortable fit for the patient. Following its installation, your dental bridge will last for many years before it needs to be replaced.
Dental implants are small titanium posts that act as artificial tooth roots and are surgically implanted into the jawbone to restore tooth function. A dental crown is placed on top of the tooth to complete the restoration.
The dental implant and crown combination has the appearance, feel, and function of a natural tooth in almost every way except for the colour. While implants tend to be more expensive and invasive than crowns or bridges, many people find that the natural look and feel they provide are worth the investment.