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Mon Jul 15 2019

What to do when you have missing teeth?

There are millions of people across the world who suffer from tooth loss. About 30 percent of people with age 70 and above are with no teeth. But it is not only the older people who suffer from this problem. Anyone can have a tooth loss irrespective of their age.Tooth loss is not natural in adults or teens. This may happen due to cavities, decay, trauma, extraction or any accident.Having a missing tooth can totally ruin your personality. And if you lose multiple teeth, it can become tough to enjoy the food that you love. A lost tooth is nothing to take lightly, in fact, it is a very common medical emergency for which one should rush to their dentist. A number of options are available to make up for the lost teeth. Here are some ways to deal with these.

Take no action

If you are comfortable with your missing tooth and want no action to bring it back, it is completely your wish. However, this may not be the best option because every tooth has its own importance in our mouth. When a tooth is missing over a long time, it may shift and lose much of its functionality. You cannot use a particular side of the mouth effectively for chewing and that area of the jawbone may not get much exercise and consequently, may lose its density.  Doing nothing for the missing teeth may drag you away from your favourite foods.

Go for Traditional Bridgework

Traditional bridges are the bridges consisting of one or more pontics (fake teeth) which are placed by dental crown. These crowns are cemented to the teeth adjacent to the missing tooth.

A false tooth is bonded between the two natural teeth which are crowned to make a chewing surface. Traditional bridgework is done only when you have a missing tooth in between two natural teeth on both sides. In most cases, these bridges are made with materials which give a natural look reducing the chances of noticing the false tooth by others.

Use a Dental Implant

Dental implants are actually the replacement of the root of the tooth. They are the titanium rods which are placed in the jawbone. These are kept until it bonds with the natural bone. Later when it becomes a sturdy base, it is further topped with a tooth-like crown. This offers the strongest and a long term solution for tooth replacement. They nearly match the power of natural teeth and can stay for a lifetime if handled with care. Because it is a surgical treatment, it takes a longer time than others. However, despite this long time frame, many people choose dental implants because of their long-lasting nature and natural visibility.

Select a removable bridge

A removable bridge is another common approach for missing teeth. This is actually a combination of a denture and a bridge which fills the gap between the missing teeth. These are available in many varieties. They are removal, so are very easy to clean. They are able to provide stability for the bite as well as a reasonable amount of cosmetic appeal. You may feel similar to removable retainers used after braces treatment. These might be uncomfortable at first, but they become easy to use when you get used to it.

Opt for composite Bridgework

This is an interesting alternative to traditional bridgework. They restore the ability to chew and speak as they make up for all the missing teeth at once. The dentist builds the ‘bridge’ with composite resin materials. In this, the bridgework connects two ground teeth, which act as anchor teeth and replace the missing ones by providing crowns at its place. But this also means that if anchor teeth get damaged, the bridge cannot work anymore. 

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