Do I need to replace my missing teeth?
If teeth are missing and not replaced, they can lead to a variety of oral health issues. Discomfort, difficulty chewing, wear and tear on the surrounding teeth, and bite misalignment are all possible as a result of the remaining teeth shifting out of their proper positions.
A condition known as facial collapse occurs when the jaw bone in the area where the teeth are missing begins to deteriorate, eventually leading to the loss of facial function.
Replacement Options for Missing Teeth
When you visit our Penticton dental office, your dentist will go over the following tooth replacement options with you and help you choose the one that best fits your needs and budget.
Removable dentures are a type of tooth replacement. It may take some time to get used to the procedure, and the results will never be identical to having your natural teeth. Modern dentures, on the other hand, are extremely natural-looking, comfortable, and functional, and they are, in most cases, the most affordable option for replacing missing teeth.
You can choose from two different types of dentures, depending on your needs. Full dentures are used to replace all of the teeth in one jaw. A single missing tooth or a row of teeth can be replaced with partial dentures. Your dentures will be custom-made for you based on the impressions taken of your mouth.
A dental bridge is a permanent tooth replacement that is secured to the teeth or dental implants on either side of the missing tooth. Non-removable dental bridges provide a secure and comfortable fit for the patient. Your dental bridge will last for many years after it is installed before it needs to be replaced.
Dental implants are small titanium posts that act as artificial tooth roots and are surgically implanted into the jawbone to restore tooth function. A dental crown is placed on top of the tooth to complete the restoration.
Except for the colour, the dental implant and crown combination closely resemble a natural tooth in appearance, feel, and function. While implants are more expensive and invasive than crowns or bridges, many people believe the natural look and feel they provide are worth it.