Missing teeth can be unsightly in the mirror and also to people whom you interact with. It may give you a sense of inferiority when you see those pearly white of others. However, there is help if you should need it.
A dental implant is one thing that you can do to add missing teeth. Other options include dentures and bridges, but those are for people who are a bit advanced in their years. You have to trust your dentist who will examine your teeth and come up with the correct solution for your problems.
You need to visit a dental clinic and get an appointment with the dentist who will recommend the best course of action to take. These clinics are certified to carry out procedures involving your teeth so there’s no need to worry much. Lots of people have done it in the past and continue to do so. For implants, the jawbone is prepared first for surgery. This process can involve bone grafting. After the jawbone heals, the oral surgeon will have to place the implant metal post in the jawbone. Then the replacement tooth is fit on the titanium rod, and you’re good to go. The healing process can take several months, normally from 3-6 months.
If the implant involves just one or two teeth, you would only need a local anesthetic. But when multiple dental implants are required, then sedation is recommended to give you the maximum comfort.
Dentures are removable replacements for your missing teeth as well as the surrounding tissue in your mouth. There are 2 types of dentures which are available, partial dentures and complete dentures. When some of the teeth are missing, partial dentures are used, but when all teeth are missing, a complete denture is used.
Complete dentures cost anywhere from $300 to $5000 per plate, and can be made within 2-3 weeks. If you want them delivered within the next 24 hours, it’s possible, provided you pay the additional fee it attracts.
You might need to have your teeth pulled for placing the dentures. In this case, you have to wait for 6-8 weeks for any swelling to subside so that you get a better fitting for your dentures. To get accustomed to dentures, you need to start with chewing small and soft pieces of food. It is recommended that you use both sides of the mouth to prevent dentures from tipping.
Dental bridges are literally ‘bridges’ that fill in the space between teeth. Normally, a bridge could range in cost from $500 to $1200.