Our first molars are our main chewing teeth. We get them at 6 years of age and over the course of our lifetime, we will at some point have dental work. Furthermore, those molars are not able to be restored and patients may lose them. So, it is important to replace them?
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.
- Fixed Bridges
- Removable Partial Dentures
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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. Thus, patients with missing teeth are less likely to smile or speak confidently. Also, teeth like to touch, so when a tooth is missing the surrounding adjacent teeth, as well as teeth above or below the space will begin to shift in an attempt to fill the space. Finally, this misalignment can cause concerns with your bite and certainly, it can cause pain when chewing.
Wondering why you should consider replacing teeth? Replacing teeth best options from your Lincoln, NE dentists…Here are some things to consider:
Replacement teeth should last for years, so it is important to discuss all of your options with your Lincoln, NE dentist. Your dentist may suggest:
Removable Partial Dentures
How do you know if dental implants are right for you?
Do you hide your smile because of missing teeth?
Do you wear dentures that are uncomfortable?
Are you dissatisfied with your removable partial dentures?
So, if you answered yes to one or more of these questions, you may find that an implant or implants are a great option for replacing teeth. However, there are so many great choices, that the task of deciding can be overwhelming. Consequently, replacing teeth best options by Lincoln, NE dentists is a common question asked by many, so don’t hesitate to ask for guidance.
You are a good candidate for replacing teeth with an implant if:
You are in overall good health.
You have adequate bone to support the implant, or can undergo surgery to build up the area needing the implant.
You are ready to commit to a good daily oral health care routine and regular dental visits.
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What is all involved with Dental Implants?
There are three general phases of implant treatment:
- Placement of the Implant:
First, the oral surgeon will surgically place the implant into the jaw bone. After surgery, you may experience some swelling and/or tenderness. Pain medication is sometimes prescribed to ease the discomfort. Your dentist may recommend a soft food diet while you heal.
- The Healing Process:
Second, the healing process takes time. The bone in your jaw actually grows around the implant to hold it in place. Some patients may need to wait several months until the implant is completely healed and the replacement teeth can be attached to the implant. Other patients can have implants and temporary teeth placed all in one visit. Your dentist will discuss the healing process specific for your situation.
- Replacing teeth or a single missing tooth:
Third, your dentist or lab will custom make a crown, bridge, or dentures to fit your mouth and your implants. Once completed, the custom-made teeth are attached to the implant posts.
Making the crown, bridge, or denture can take some time to complete. In the meantime, your dentist will give you something temporary to fill the space, so you are able to eat and speak normally until the permanent replacement is ready.
Good oral hygiene is very important to the success of the implants. In fact, to help you keep the area around the implant clean, your dentist may recommend that you use a special toothbrush or a mouth rinse to help prevent gum problems and maintain cleanliness.
Advantages of Implants:
How is a Fixed Bridge Placed?
Placing a bridge requires more than one dental visit. During your first visit, your dentist prepares the teeth on either side of the gap, which your bridge will later be attached to.
Next, your dentist will take an impression of your teeth and the space. This impression will be sent to a dental lab where technicians will make the bridge out of metal, ceramics, glass-ceramics, or a combination of these materials. A temporary bridge will be placed to protect your prepared teeth while you wait for your permanent one. Once the permanent bridge is made, it will be fitted, adjusted, and cemented in place.
Advantages of replacing teeth with a fixed bridge:
Disadvantages of replacing teeth with a fixed bridge:
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Typically, it takes some time to master the procedure for putting in and taking out a removable partial denture. So, for the first few times, it may feel odd or tight, but don’t worry, in time you will get used to it. Another key point, remember to never force it into place by biting down. In fact, this can bend or break the clasp. If you have a problem with your partial dentures, visit with your dentist.
To summarize, your 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.
Advantages of replacing teeth with removable partial dentures:
Disadvantages of replacing teeth with removable partial dentures:
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