Replacing Teeth Best Options
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Eighty percent, yes, 80% of pressure from chewing happens on those teeth, our first molars. As a result, when we do not have them, all of that pressure is then applied to other teeth that are not meant to handle that much force/pressure. In fact, other teeth may have cracks from excessive pressure. Similarly, another reason for replacing missing teeth is to prevent super-eruption or shifting teeth. On the whole, teeth like to touch each other and when a molar tooth is missing, teeth try to fill in that empty space, ultimately creating an imbalanced bite.
What are the best options for replacing teeth?
In general, replacement teeth should last for years, so it is important to discuss all of your options with your Lincoln, NE dentist. There are several options for replacing teeth, your dentist may suggest:
Removable Partial Dentures
Best Tooth Replacement Options for a Single Tooth
Certainly, missing one or more teeth affects your overall health and appearance. When you have missing teeth, it is hard to chew, speak, and smile. Moreover, a missing back tooth may cause your mouth to shift and your face to look older. When you have one or more missing teeth your confidence as well as your oral health can be affected.
Implants are used for replacing teeth. For this reason, they can be used to replace a single tooth, several teeth, or to support a full set of dentures. Implants are posts made of titanium (a strong, lightweight metal) that are surgically placed in the upper or lower jaw.
A fixed bridge is a restoration that fills the space where one or more teeth have been lost. It is bonded or cemented into place, and only a dentist can remove it.
Removable Partial Denture
A removable partial denture is not intended to be worn 24 hours a day. Your dentist may recommend that you take them out at bedtime and put it back in when you wake up. It is very important to keep your partial denture in water or denture soaking solution when you are not wearing it. Do not let it dry out because it can lose shape. If your partial denture is left out of your mouth for an extended period of time, there is a possibility that your teeth can shift or move. If this happens, your partial denture will not fit properly.
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