In spite of their best efforts, sometimes people lose one or more teeth. It’s important to deal with missing teeth for many reasons. If you are missing teeth, speaking and eating can become difficult. If you still have healthy teeth left in your mouth, not replacing missing teeth can compromise them as well.
There are a couple of options to choose from for replacing missing teeth, including bridges, dentures, and dental implants. For more information on tooth replacement, including these options, contact Family Dentistry of Royal Oak.
The best option for replacing missing teeth is dental implants. Dental implants integrate with the jawbone permanently so they are immovable. Dental implant patients have none of slipping, moving, or clicking that denture-wearers have. They can eat all of their favorite foods, without restriction.
Dental implants also protect the jawbone from shrinkage. Nutrients continue to flow to the jawbone, which is stimulated by the implants. Dental implant recipients have no worries about facial collapse.
Dentures of today are vastly improved from the dentures your grandparents had. They more like your natural teeth than ever before. They are a popular option for tooth replacement, although they do not prohibit shrinkage of the jawbone the way dental implants do. But they do give wearers back much of the form and function of their natural teeth.
A dental bridge will restore the look of your smile when you have just one or a couple of missing teeth. It fills in the gap left behind and protects the rest of your teeth from moving. It also keeps your bite from getting uneven, which can also negatively impact your healthy remaining teeth.
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If you have one or more missing teeth, call us to learn more about tooth replacement in Royal Oak.