You likely have memories of your teeth falling out as a kid. When a tooth fell out, there was a temporary gap between your teeth before the new tooth came in. The teeth seemed to fall out on their own and magically seemed to get replaced.
If you loose an Adult tooth, a new tooth with obviously not be coming in to replace it. Loosing a tooth as an adult can be embarasing. Luckily, there are plenty of options for replacing teeth. Modern technology has made the process reletivly easy than it has been in the past.
Why Lost Teeth Need to Be Replaced
Besides the obvious, embarrassing gap in your smile, a host of additional dental issues can arise.
The longer a gap caused by a missing tooth goes unfilled, the more likely the teeth around the gap will shift and begin to grow crooked. Crooked teeth can make your smile even more unappealing and cause an overbite or underbite which can negatively affect one’s speech and eating abilities.
Gaps left behind from a missing permanent tooth can also lead to the deterioration of the jawbone which can make eating, speaking difficult and painful and can lead to further malformations in the proper structure of the mouth and face.
How Are Missing Teeth Replaced?
Fortunately, nowadays, there are multiple options available to replace missing teeth (or tooth). While it is ideal to save the tooth by immediately reinserting it into the jaw, this is not always possible nor does it always work as the roots of the teeth may be too badly damaged.
In such instances where the tooth is indeed lost because it can’t be reinserted, these modern dental procedures can effectively fill in the gaps left behind, saving your smile and the need for additional, necessary dental work:
Conventional Dental Implants
Patients who are missing only one tooth or two teeth located in different parts of the mouth can best benefit to dental implants. Dental implants are permanent missing tooth replacement treatments that utilize a titanium screw that is inserted into the jawbone and it topped with a natural-looking crown.
The screws are highly effective and have almost no adverse side-effects or biocapability complications. The tooth-like crown looks, feels and functions like your natural teeth.
Candidates for dental implants need to have healthy, dense bone in their jaws for the implants to be properly inserted.
Mini Dental Implants
Mini dental implants are small-scale versions of traditional dental implants. Mini dental implants use smaller screws, making them less invasive than traditional implants. Mini dental implants are ideal for patients who are missing smaller, hard to get to teeth.
Mini dentures are also a tooth replacement option for patients who don’t have enough bone density in their jaws to support traditional dental implants.
Partial dentures are ideal for patients who are missing multiple teeth and who don’t have strong enough jawbone density to accommodate bridges (a grouping of connected crowns anchored on each side by dental implants).
Partial dentures are ideal for older patients who still have at least half of their natural teeth remaining.
When you hear the word dentures, you likely think of full dentures. Full dentures are ideal teeth replacement options who have lost most or all of their natural teeth.
With modern dental technology, there are multiple denture options available including snap-on dentures and all-on-four dentures. Snap-on-dentures utilize multiple dental implants inserted into the top and bottom jaws to hold the dentures securely in place. The dentures are removable by “snapping” them on and off of the dental implants.
Modern dentures are more comfortable, fit more securely and look more natural than dentures of the past.
If you knocked out a tooth, it is likely considered a dental emergency. You should call & come to our office right away as your tooth may be saved. If not, don’t wait to have your tooth replaced. Hazzouri Dental is certified in inserting both traditional implants and mini dental implants.
We also offer dentures and a host of cosmetic dental products and services to make your smile as beautiful as it can be. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.