More often than not, it's a good idea to replace missing teeth right away to keep your mouth healthy and prevent further tooth structure from being lost. Our dentists in Dawson Creek can offer a range of options for replacing your missing teeth, and you and your dentist will work together to determine which option is best for you.
Do I really need to replace my missing teeth?
People who are missing teeth may suffer from numerous oral health problems if left untreated. Since the remaining teeth can shift out of their proper positions, difficulty chewing, discomfort, misalignment of the bite and wear and tear of the surrounding teeth are all possible.
A condition referred to as facial collapse occurs when the jaw bone in the area where the teeth are missing starts to deteriorate, which eventually leads to loss of facial function.
Replacement Options for Missing Teeth
When you come to our dental office in Dawson Creek, your dentist will review the following tooth replacement options with you and help you choose the one that best meets your needs and fits within your financial budget.
Removable dentures can take some getting used to, and they will never feel the same as your natural teeth. On the other hand, these modern tooth replacements look natural and are comfortable and highly functional. They are also the least expensive option for replacing missing teeth in most cases.
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.