There are no rules that say you have to get your missing teeth replaced. In fact, everything that happens inside your mouth can only be controlled by you. So if you can’t see the point, then nobody can make you get the gaps filled. But you also have to take into consideration the consequences of living with missing teeth.
- It will probably influence your self-confidence
- You lose functionality in terms of what you can eat and chew
- The form of your jaw will begin to reshape, due to the bone loss that eventually happens when teeth are missing for too long
In short, it only counts in your favor to get missing teeth replaced, and there is no lack of options. If you were to speak with a dentist right now, you’ll be amazed at how they can approach the problem.
To give you some idea of your options, here is a breakdown of replacing missing teeth.
The most common solution for missing teeth, especially when there are more than 2 or 3 gaps, comes in the form of dentures. They are also the most affordable choice in the short term.
Given that bone loss will continue as the years go on, dentures need to be altered to fit with these changes. There are also certain challenges involved with food getting stuck between the dentures and your gums, as well as dentures just coming out when you least expect them too.
While dentures can definitely enhance the appearance of your teeth and bring back a lot of functionality, it’s not always going to be comfortable and you need to be mindful when you eat.
2. Dental Bridges
The second alternative would be dental bridges, which are perfect if you want to fill selected gaps. However, the dental bridge option depends on the health and presence of your other teeth, seeing as they are used to hold down the replacement tooth.
As expected, bridges are more expensive, but it’s a permanent solution that can work well.
3. Dental Implants
An option that is quickly gaining more and more ground are dental implants. And it’s the way they become part of your mouth that makes them so alluring.
First off, a titanium screw gets inserted underneath the gum line of the missing tooth. Due to the design of the screw, the jawbone can fuse with it, making it a permanent part of your mouth. If you are worried about the titanium screw being in your jawbone for the rest of your life, don’t. It’s perfectly safe and it won’t cause any type of damage or harm.
After the screw has bonded with the jawbone, a crown gets cemented onto the screw. The result is almost like having a new tooth, but without a titanium root. Of course, you won’t have feeling in this tooth like you will with your biological teeth, but the implant is going to function and look perfectly normal – if not better.
Yes, dental implants are more expensive than the other options, but also keep in mind that once the crown is placed, you only have to make routine annual visits like you normally would. At no point down the line do any adjustments need to be made.
How long do dental implants last you wonder?
According to dental implants experts, “If you take care of them properly like you do your other teeth, there is no reason why they shouldn’t last you the rest of your natural life. And if the crown comes out, you simply get it replaced.”
However, not everyone will be able to use the dental implants option based on different variables. For example, without enough bone, an implant can’t be done, unless bone grafting is explored. The condition of your gums will also be taken into consideration. For the most part, people can go with implants as an option, but the other alternatives are always there if implants aren’t possible.
Ultimately, the choice is yours whether you want your teeth back or not. And remember how much influence they have on your self-confidence, not to mention your chewing ability. So if it’s possible, replace those missing teeth and maintain all the benefits.