Tooth loss is a prevalent problem across the nation. It is estimated that at least 35% of the over-forty age group has lost one or more teeth. The implications of this problem extend from cosmetic appearance to persistent oral health issues. Consequently, it is of the utmost importance to find a replacement option that meets your unique needs. At Galleria Dental Aesthetics, we help you do this with a thorough consultation and clear communication about your options.
Dental bridges and dentures
Historically, tooth replacement has involved either a dental bridge or a denture. Each of these methods is intended for the restoration of a healthy appearance, as well as chewing function. Depending on the extent of tooth loss, the degree of stability that can be regained with either option may decrease. For instance, individuals who wear full dentures often complain of feeling self-conscious due to a feeling of instability in their teeth. Dentures are retained by suction, and sometimes with denture adhesive. Because there is nothing in the jaw to stabilize this fixture, function cannot feel as secure as natural teeth.
In recent years, there has been a shift in the area of restorative dentistry due to the development of dental implants. The purpose of a dental implant is not to replace a tooth, but to recreate natural anatomical structure through which the appropriate artificial tooth is successfully retained. Basically, implants replace roots. These tiny titanium cylinders are inserted into the jaw, where bone will gradually fuse around each structure, fully stabilizing it just like a natural tooth. The degree of stability gained by a foundation of one or more dental implants leads to the greatest feeling of security and natural function. Many people who have dental implants feel no difference between their false teeth and their natural teeth
Finding the Ideal Treatment for You
Every situation in which tooth replacement is necessary differs. Factors that must be considered include patient preferences and the ultimate goal of tooth replacement, bone health, oral health, and budget. To find the method of tooth replacement that will meet your long-term needs, we perform a comprehensive consultation and examination. Armed with the full extent of information you need, you are able to choose treatment accordingly.
Schedule a visit to Galleria Dental Aesthetics today.