What are tooth replacements?

Tooth extraction to many, is seen as a worst case scenario, but these days it’s no longer the ‘disaster’ that many think it to be. With countless options available to fix broken and missing teeth, replacements are actually really easy.

Tooth replacements come in all shapes and sizes. From traditional denture type replacements to modern implants and crowns, the range of options depend on what’s needed and perhaps more importantly – what sort of budget is available. For many, replacement teeth can be highly expensive, but the thing many fail to realize is that they do indeed last decades.

Today, implants are proving a popular choice for younger people who have lost a tooth due to an injury, decay or some other problem. These implants, which are essentially crowns on a metal post, get screwed into the jawline permanently. For many, it’s the easiest way to fix a cosmetic problem, thanks to the fact that implants look really great.

Implants are great, but as tooth replacements for more than a few teeth, it can get really expensive. Luckily, today there are a number of innovations such as bridges and semi-permanent dentures which effectively clip on to a few metal posts, making for a stronger alternative to traditional dentures.

Made out of titanium, dental implants provide a realistic permanent prosthetic tooth that really works like the ‘real’ thing. These implants can be expensive, but for those who are looking for the best cosmetic replacement without any additional problems such as the inability to eat certain foods, there’s nothing better.

However, for tooth replacements, one of the biggest issues is whether or not there’s sufficient periodontal bone remaining. Over time, or due to decay. the bone that was originally holding the teeth in place will be slowly reabsorbed by the body. Sometimes this can complicate the implant procedure.

Sometimes, teeth get broken or they are simply missing from birth. When this happens, crowns and bridges can be used to restore and enhance ones smile. These implants, which are effectively caps that get cemented on top of an existing tooth, can go a long way in fixing gaps and other problems.

Traditional dentures really are quickly becoming a thing of the past thanks to implant technology and the likes. With more and more people choosing implants, in comparison dentures are just an uncomfortable alternative, but even today, there have been many advancements made in denture technology thanks to the use of advanced materials and computer aided design.

Thankfully, no matter what tooth replacements you require, there are many solutions available to ensure that missing teeth are pretty much invisible. Because we can lose a tooth at just about any time, these options are normally suitable for just about anyone. Many of the newer implant options are so effective, that they can last for up to a lifetime with proper care. While indeed, they might seem expensive – they last a last a long time and look absolutely fantastic.

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