With one or more missing teeth, you are likely already aware of the impact that those gaps have on your appearance. However, did you know that losing just one tooth can affect your oral and overall health as well? Your surrounding teeth can shift to compensate for the gap, changing the way your bite fits together. This, in turn, can cause you to experience TMJ issues or excessive wear on your tooth's enamel. Finally, when a tooth is extracted, the jawbone is no longer stimulated and begins to atrophy. Over time, it loses density and changes the shape of your face to appear older. How can you overcome these negative outcomes? Replace your missing teeth! Luckily, at Carlsbad Beach Dental we have several options for you to consider.
For gaps that are flanked by two healthy teeth, you could choose to get a dental bridge. This appliance uses two dental crowns fitted over these surrounding teeth to hold a solid prosthetic tooth in the middle. This solution allows you to maintain the proper spacing of your teeth and restores your missing tooth to its former beauty and function. Dr. Addy uses special dental cement to keep the bridge in place, helping you have a more secure, strong bite.
For hundreds of years, dentures have been a popular option for multiple-tooth replacement. Advancements in materials mean that your dentures can be more comfortable and convenient than ever before. Whether you need a full or partial, Dr. Addy can customize your dentures to fit you and match your remaining healthy teeth perfectly. The gum-colored plastic base and the crafted prosthetic teeth help your restored smile look natural. Plus, with dentures, you have the added convenience of being able to remove them for easy cleaning.
Dental implants are the only solution that replaces the missing tooth top to bottom. They are surgically placed into the jaw bone, keeping it stimulated and growing. Then a restoration, such as a dental crown, bridge, or denture is attached on top, replacing the top portion of the tooth. This option, though higher in initial cost, has significant health benefits and can improve your overall quality of life for years to come.