As we grow older, we start to feel aches and pains in our body. Our limbs tend to stiffen and lose strength, and our skin develops age spots and wrinkles. Our teeth also go through a similar degradation with age as years of use causes wear and tear, chipping, darkening, and tooth loss. Besides old age, teeth may fall out due to cavity, weak roots, or accidents.
If you have lost a tooth or your tooth is chipped, you need not settle for a misaligned bite or an adjusted appearance. Visit your dentist and let him or her do their magic and replace your missing tooth with dental prosthetics.
Here’s all you need to know about dental prosthetics:
Since teeth cannot replace itself naturally, dentists use synthetically-created teeth and root-like structures to replace missing teeth and roots. To be precise, a dental prosthetic is a custom-made structure created specifically to replace teeth.
There are different types of dental prosthetics created to suit different purposes:
Implants: Implants are titanium screws that are placed inside the gums as a replacement to natural teeth roots. Any of the tooth replacement structures mentioned below can be placed over implants.
Crowns: Crowns are cap-like structures that fit over an existing tooth to cover up a cavity or damage. They are available in metals such as stainless steel or in ceramic options.
Bridges: Bridges are recommended for those who have a missing tooth between two similar tooth types on either side. The most common type is a three-teeth bridge wherein one tooth replacement is attached to crowns on either side that will fit over the existing undamaged teeth offering support to the new tooth replacement.
Dentures: Dentures are removable teeth-like structures that are held together by a metal strip. They are available in the partial denture option that replaces a few teeth and the complete denture option that replace all the teeth of a jaw.
A missing tooth can have a significant impact on you - physically and emotionally. The missing space may bother you while trying to chew, especially on hard substances. Leaving the space as is, unattended, could pose serious dental issues too. In addition to this, you would be constantly conscious of the fact that you have a missing tooth and would be embarrassed when you talk, smile, or even yawn, for that matter. It can have a significant impact on your self-esteem too.
If you have a missing tooth, you need not fret over your misaligned bite or appearance as you can simply get a dental prosthetic as a replacement. Restore your self-confidence and smile with a dental prosthetic today. Call us at (415) 362-1102 for a thorough consultation with Dr. Zabek would help you understand dental prosthetics better.