"Deciding on tooth replacements requires careful consideration. While your budget is a major factor, you should consider the benefits and the potential complications of not replacing them." - Dr. Shook
You could lose teeth in an accident, from gum disease, or extensive decay. Certain medications, diseases, and poor nutrition can also lead to tooth loss. If you lose a tooth, you may question if you should replace it. As Dr. Shook always says, “deciding on tooth replacements requires careful consideration. While your budget is a major factor, you should consider the benefits and the potential complications of not replacing them.”
In this blog, we’ll discuss why you should replace your missing teeth, your options for replacement, and what could happen if you choose not to replace the teeth that you’ve lost. Read on and get all the details you need.
Your teeth are necessary for you to chew and speak normally. Proper nutrition includes a variety of foods, which you need your teeth to chew and grind. By replacing missing teeth, you’ll be able to eat all the foods you love and get all the nutrition you need.
Your teeth are an important part of your mouth. They don’t just help you eat, but are also an important part of your appearance, speech, and overall facial structure.
Many people may not realize that their teeth help them speak clearly. The tongue and teeth work together to help you pronounce sounds effectively. When you have all your teeth, you avoid speaking with a lisp and mumbling.
Replacing missing teeth also allows you to smile with confidence. From job interviews to first dates, you’ll be able to make a great first impression. Additionally, replacing missing teeth prevents oral health issues, like deterioration of the jaw bone and gums.
Even if you’ve lost just one or two missing teeth, you should have them replaced as soon as possible. Depending on your situation, there may be a few different options available for replacing your teeth, so let’s discuss them now.
There are three popular options for replacing your missing teeth: dentures, bridges, or dental implants. Each one has pros and cons.
Dentures, for instance, are inexpensive. You can replace just a few teeth with a partial denture or all your teeth with full dentures. Moreover, a dentist will custom-fit your dentures to your mouth. However, dentures need to be replaced every 5-7 years. They also require cleaning and maintenance and take some getting used to.
Both full and partial dentures are available at our office. Full dentures are used to replace a full arch of lower or upper teeth. Partial dentures are a bit different. They clip onto your remaining healthy teeth, replacing one or more missing teeth. Dentures are cost-effective and are typically covered by insurance, though some patients find them to be a bit inconvenient.
Dental bridges consist of a pontic (a false tooth) and crowns. The pontic attaches to the dental crowns, which are placed on healthy adjacent teeth, literally bridging the gap where your missing tooth once was. A bridge requires healthy teeth near the gap to place the crowns. Bridges are also durable and long-lasting, and they don’t need to be removed, unlike dentures. Bridges are usually inexpensive and may be covered by insurance, but they will need to be replaced eventually as resorption of the jaw bone beneath may take place.
Dental implants look and feel just like a natural tooth. This restoration enables fewer food restrictions and almost no changes to lifestyle. Dental implants can replace one, several, or all of your teeth and last longer than both dentures and bridges. If properly cared for, dental implants can last a lifetime. Implants, however, are the most expensive of all the tooth replacement options.
They use a screw-shaped piece of titanium, which is permanently implanted into your gums and jaw. This piece of metal functions like an artificial tooth root. Once it heals, Dr. Shook will create a false tooth out of porcelain and attach it to the implant. Although they are more expensive than other methods of tooth replacement, implants look and feel more natural and usually last 30+ years.
Still not convinced that you should replace your missing teeth? Here are just a few of the problems that may occur if you don’t have your lost teeth replaced by a dentist.
Need to replace your missing teeth? Not sure which type of tooth replacement may be right for you? Dr. John Shook is here to help.
For most people, replacing missing teeth is the right decision. You’ll feel better knowing you can smile confidently. You’ll also improve functionality by regaining the ability to eat what you want and speak clearly. At Shook Family Dental, we offer financing options to help you pay for the treatment that’s right for you. Plus, dental insurance usually covers a portion of certain tooth replacement options. The only way you’ll know if tooth replacement is right for you is by speaking with Dr. Shook to discuss your options. Call us today at (715) 955-4401 to set up a consultation.