A lost tooth can affect not only the integrity of the other teeth but the confidence of the individual. It not treated quickly, the teeth surrounding the gap begin to shift inward and move into the open space. Bite and TMJ (temporomandibular joint) issues can be quick to follow.
A dental implant is often the solution. Dental implants are made from titanium, and replace the root structure of the missing tooth. Once the implant is in place and the bone surrounding the implant has secured it, an artificial crown is attached to the implant.
Although implants are typically more expensive than other methods of tooth replacement, they offer significant cost savings in the long run. In many cases they are also a more favorable approach than bridgework because they do not depend on neighboring teeth for support.They provide superior benefits over traditional bridges or dentures, including comfort, appearance, cleansibility, and convenience.
A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissues. There are many types of dentures available, including partial and complete dentures. Partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain. Complete dentures replace all teeth.
Implant-supported dentures provide optimal stability, fit, and comfort, compared to traditional “floating” dentures. Dentures are made to resemble your natural teeth so there should be no noticeable change to your appearance. In fact, dentures may even improve your smile!
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