The loss of teeth, even if they are diseased or damaged beyond repair, isn’t an easy choice for people to make. Missing teeth can leave you feeling overwhelmed, frustrated, and quite vulnerable. Not only is there the immediate obstacle of having unsavable teeth removed, but also the concern over what that means for the future of your smile.
Modern dentistry offers several fantastic restorative dentistry solutions for replacing missing teeth. Advanced dental technology and artistic dentistry techniques allow restorations and prosthetics to feel comfortable, last for years and look as realistic as possible.
As for the question, “Are false teeth as bad as people say?”, the answer is typically a firm no. However, there are several factors at play that will determine how realistic your false teeth will look and feel. Let’s take a look at what might be the best option for missing teeth for you.
The dentist you choose will significantly impact the final result of your prosthetic teeth. A great dentist skilled in restorative dentistry can help you pick the perfect prosthetic solution and design the restoration to be as comfortable, durable, and natural-looking as possible.
Dr. Sadeghi and the First Dental Associates team provide expert restorative dental care to patients with one or more missing teeth, including full-mouth restoration following complete tooth loss.
There is no such thing as one perfect prosthetic solution because every person has different needs. What may be ideal for you and your smile might not be suitable for another, and vice versa. For this reason, it’s essential to collaborate with your dentist to determine which treatment option is best for your lifestyle, finances, and general health.
First Dental provides restorative dentistry solutions for every need, whether you have a couple of missing teeth in your smile or an entire arch that needs replacing.
Our prosthetic teeth treatment options include:
Bridges are a classic tooth replacement option for treating one to four missing teeth. They are affordable, beautiful, and last an average of five to seven years before needing to be replaced.
Though they remain a popular option, bridges are limited in the number of teeth they can replace and are lacking in advantages compared to other alternatives (i.e., long-term value).
Complete dentures are one of the most widely used prosthetic options for replacing entire arches of missing teeth. They often come to mind when thinking of false teeth, and unfortunately, they are also what people reference when saying false teeth are “bad.”
Rest assured that modern dentures are beautiful, and a skilled dentist will use a dental lab that focuses on designing ultra-comfortable and realistic denture prosthetics. Remember that dentures will need to be relined or entirely replaced eventually. This is necessary because your jawbone will change shape without natural teeth, causing it to shrink and dentures to become loose.
Partial dentures are similar to complete dentures but are used to replace multiple missing teeth vs. a total loss of teeth. Partial dentures are often compared to bridges in that they perform similar functions. However, partial dentures are removable and tend to last longer. Sometimes, a partial denture may be more affordable than a bridge.
Your dentist will explain the pros and cons of partial dentures vs. dental bridges if you’re unsure which option is best for your needs.
Dental implants are rapidly growing in popularity, overtaking dentures as the superior tooth replacement option. Though you will pay more for dental implants upfront, the rewards are worth the investment. The implant post lasts a lifetime, and the dental crown “tooth” only needs replacing after 10 to 15 years. Best of all, dental implants halt bone loss in the jaw and mimic natural teeth very closely.
Dental implants are as close as you can get to the look and feel of a natural tooth.
Implant-supported dentures are the best of dental implants and dentures all in one. Rather than replacing each missing tooth with an implant post, your dentist will use fewer posts to form a foundation for a denture prosthetic. You may only need four to eight implants for an entire arch of missing teeth.
Implant-supported dentures eliminate the need for messy denture adhesives and worries about dentures slipping out of place while eating or talking. The denture prosthetic snaps firmly into place onto the implant posts.
If you’re facing multiple extractions, losing all your natural teeth, or are unhappy with your current false teeth, First Dental Associates is eager to help. We firmly believe you deserve a beautiful smile you feel confident sharing with those around you, regardless of whether you still have natural teeth or need a full-mouth restoration.
You can learn more about the best option for missing teeth by scheduling a consultation with Dr. Sadeghi. Book your appointment today by calling our office or requesting a visit online.