Nobody likes the idea of losing a tooth. Not only is it aesthetically displeasing, but it can also cause other health issues in the long-run. However, whether it’s through contact sports or old age, teeth can fall out – and it may be rather painful. The recommended response is to call your dentist at once for an emergency appointment.
Leaving your missing tooth untreated could result in the adjacent teeth shifting, changing your bite and thus impacting that whole side of your mouth. Therefore, treatment is the safest option. Here are 3 dental solutions to consider after you have lost your teeth:
This is usually the most effective course of action if you’re only missing one or two teeth and an implant isn’t suitable for you. A bridge commonly consists of two crowns used to effectively ‘bridge’ the gap between your teeth either side. They’re permanently bonded to your natural teeth for a seamless look.
Alternatively, if you’ve got healthy and strong teeth either side of the gap, you may be eligible for another type of bridge. This bridge features ‘wings’ which are attached to the inner surfaces of the teeth. This means that your new teeth are held in place by your existing ones.
Full or Partial Dentures
Your denture will be designed especially for you, based on a dental putty impression of the gap. One of the reasons why some patients may not be comfortable with dentures is that you may have to have more teeth removed before it’s fitted. This is to allow for a full set of dentures, or because your other teeth are already too decayed or loose to save.
After you’ve lost teeth, it’s unlikely you can have dentures fitted right away. It may be necessary to let your gums heal for a few months to ensure they fit better.
Partial dentures will clip onto the teeth either side of the gap with clasps, this will keep them in place. On the other hand, full dentures may not be completely secure and it’s likely you’ll have to take them out at mealtimes. This is because there’s less support from your gums. Adhesive cream may solve this problem.
Any orthodontist you choose will fit dental implants with a metal rod that’s placed in your jawbone. It holds the false teeth in place and over several months, the rod will actually fuse with your bone. Individual teeth may also be screwed or clipped onto the implant. This method is often recommended because it provides a secure feel, making it as natural as possible for the patient. They will also last a long time after they’ve been fitted, typically a number of years.
However, it’s important to note that getting dental implants is a surgical procedure. This is usually done under local anaesthetic to minimise pain. The implant will then be screwed into your jawbone. It’s vital that you have healthy gums for this treatment, so you may be offered one of the aforementioned solutions if your dentist doesn’t feel they’re healthy enough. It is vital that you stay up to date with your dental care follow up plan, as this will ensure that your procedure does what it is supposed to and leaves you with wonderful teeth.
Natalie Wilson is a freelance health and wellness writer. She loves researching and writing about new health trends and topics, as well as keeping up to date with the latest health news. When not writing, you can find her taking long walks in the countryside with her dog or browsing her nearest bookstore. You can connect with her on Twitter