Missing Teeth – Implants or Bridges
Many patients have missing teeth that result in cosmetic and functional problems. The ability to chew properly deals with normal day-to-day functions and the cosmetic elements become an issue even if the patient’s back teeth (molar teeth) are missing. Tooth loss causes the bite to slowly collapse. The patient is not aware of this gradual process but as the bite collapses, the face and lips also show signs of deterioration.
Some patients loose teeth because of gum disease and the slow gradual loss of bone. Teeth are lost because there is not enough bone to support the teeth. Missing teeth cause cosmetic problems and health problems. Patients cannot chew their food properly with tooth loss, which contributes to digestive problems.
Missing teeth create a chain of health problems that affect the entire body. Today, patients are living longer and the health of their mouth will determine the quality of their lives for the last 30 years of life.
Replacing Missing Teeth
There are several ways to replace missing teeth. If the patient is only missing one tooth, a dental implant or a dental bridge are good choices. If the patient is missing multiple teeth, several dental implants or more than one dental bridges are good choices. If the patient wants to have teeth that stay in their mouth all of the time both dental implants and dental bridges work well. However, removable teeth are also a good choice.
A removable partial denture or a full denture if the patient is on a limited budget can be a great choice if the dentist has the necessary skills. Sometimes dental implants can be used in combination with a dental bridge or with removable partial or full dentures.