Replacing missing teeth can help keep your mouth healthy and help you maintain your facial structure. Our Hamilton dentists can provide you with a variety of options for replacing your missing teeth and work with you to determine which option is best for you.
Do I really need to replace my missing teeth?
When teeth are missing, they can cause a variety of oral health problems if left untreated. Because the remaining teeth can shift out of their proper positions you could experience discomfort, difficulty chewing, wear and tear on the surrounding teeth, misalignment of your bite, and even facial structure collapse.
Facial collapse occurs when the jaw bone in the area where the teeth are missing begins to deteriorate, eventually leading to the loss of facial function.
Replacement Options for Missing Teeth
When you come into our Hamilton dental office, your dentist will go over the following tooth replacement options with you and assist you in selecting the one that best meets your needs and fits within your financial budget.
Dentures are tooth replacements that are removable. Dentures can take some getting used to, and the results will never be exactly the same as having your natural teeth. However, modern dentures are extremely natural-looking, comfortable, and highly functional. Dentures are typically the least invasive and 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. If you select dentures your dentist will take impressions of your mouth and the dentures will be custom-made to fit your smile.
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, and with proper care, 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. Dental implants tend to be the most expensive and invasive tooth replacement option, but with proper care, they can last 25 years or more. Many people find the natural look and feel they provide are worth the investment.