3 Ways To Replace Missing Teeth
You’ve got your eye on the ball. You know you can make the catch if you don’t slow down.
Unfortunately, one of your teammates has the same idea, but you are both too focused on making the catch to realize what’s about to happen.
You collide — face-to-face in the most literal sense — and neither of you catches the ball. Instead, you both wind up on the ground. It doesn’t take long to realizes something is wrong. Your mouth is sore and part of one of your teeth is one the ground. Two of your teammate’s teeth have fallen out.
This was not what you had in mind when you signed up for the company softball team.
Thankfully, you live near Rochester Hills, MI, so you can go to Hubbard & Leath Dental to have your tooth replaced. The dentists there can help your teammate, too.
Lost And Damaged Teeth
Collisions like the one described above are just one of the many ways that people lose teeth every day in the United States.
Gum disease, tooth decay, and accidents all can cause tooth loss. Today, we want to explain three different ways to replace damaged and missing teeth.
◆ Dental Crowns
Dental crowns are used to replace or repair individual teeth.
We will start with the example from our opening. You have a broken tooth.
The first thing we will want to do is remove the damaged or weakened parts of your tooth. By doing this, we can create what is called an abutment with the healthy remaining parts of your tooth.
The abutment provides support and a point of attachment for your dental crown. You may need to wear a temporary crown while your permanent, porcelain crown is created.
Porcelain is an excellent replacement for a lost or damaged tooth. This material is strong and durable, so it can withstand the daily grind of biting and chewing. Porcelain also can be designed to match the color of your natural teeth so that it blends with your smile.
We also use dental crowns to fix teeth that have been damaged by tooth decay. The process for that is similar to what we described above, with the difference being that we are removing the parts of your teeth that have been affected by decay to create your abutment.
Dental crowns can be used to replace individual teeth that have been knocked out or need to be removed, too. By placing the dental crown on a dental implant, you can regain the full use and appearance of your lost tooth.
◆ Dental Bridges
Dental bridges are a step up from a dental crown. Bridges are made by fusing a group of dental crowns together.
A dental bridge could be an effective solution for your teammate who had two teeth knocked out of her mouth in the opening of this post.
For your teammate, we may suggest an implant-supported bridge. We could place one or two dental implants in her jaw. The implants would hold the bridge firmly in place, and they would provide the support to allow her to eat anything that she likes to eat.
A traditional bridge does not involve the use of dental implants. Instead, we would reshape the teeth adjacent to the opening in her mouth. This is the same process we use to create an abutment for a dental crown.
This kind of bridge would include two kinds of crowns. On the outside are abutment crowns. These will be bonded to the teeth that have been reshaped. In the middle are pontics. These are the crowns that fill in the gap in her smile.
Dentures can be used to replace part or all of an arch of missing teeth.
Traditional dentures can be designed to fit over your gums. This will improve the appearance of your smile. They can restore some of your ability to chew your food, but you may find some foods too difficult to eat.
As an alternative, we can place your dentures on a series of dental implants.
Implant-supported dentures are the closest thing you can get to growing a new set of teeth. These are much more secure than traditional dentures. For all practical purposes, they look and function like a full set of natural teeth.
If you have implant-supported dentures, you won’t have to give up any foods because they are too difficult to chew.
Restore Your Smile
Dental crowns, bridges, and dentures are ways anyone can restore the function of his or her teeth and the appearance of his or her smile. The dentists at Hubbard & Leath can help you whether you are missing part of a tooth or every tooth in your mouth.