Replacing Missing Teeth
When you are missing one or more of your teeth, you may feel self-conscious about your smile. A missing tooth also makes it more difficult for you to bite and chew your food. When eating is difficult, you may not be getting the nutrition that your body needs. When one or more of your teeth are missing, the others may shift out of their correct positions in your mouth. For these reasons and more, it is important to consider replacing missing teeth with a dental prosthetic.
Dental bridges are fixed appliances that are cemented onto two of your remaining natural teeth. The bridge consists of a wire that spans the gap between the crowns. An artificial tooth crown, called a pontic, is attached to the wire. The pontic can be made from gold, gold alloy, or ceramic. Ceramic is used if the artificial crown will be visible when you smile. The bridge helps to restore your smile. It also helps to keep your remaining teeth in the correct position in your mouth. They also assist in distributing the forces of chewing across all of your teeth.
Dental implants involve the placement of a titanium post into your jawbone. Your body grows new bone tissue to support the post. Once your jaw has healed, an artificial crown is placed onto the post. Dental implants are recommended if your jaw has completed its growth, which happens during the late teen years. An implant can be used to replace missing teeth that have been removed due to decay, injury, or other diseases. You can get one or more implants to replace missing teeth.
Contact the dental practice of Joshua Ignatowicz, DMD, today to learn more about the different options for replacing missing teeth.