How to Replace Your Missing Teeth

How to Replace Your Missing Teeth

If you’ve found yourself in a situation where you’ve required tooth removal as a result of an accident or tooth decay, there are some great dental treatment options for you to consider including dentures, dental implants, crowns, bridges and a few combinations of each.

Before we explain each option, we think it’s important for you to understand what is going on beneath the gum surface in your mouth that you may or may not be aware of. When you lose a tooth or your tooth is extracted, your jaw bone begins to shrink. The bone needed the root of your tooth to maintain its healthy level in your mouth. When your jaw shrinks, it can change your facial structure to make you look prematurely older.

Your missing tooth was also holding the surrounding teeth into place. When it is removed, the teeth on either side and above or below it will shift because they’re missing the resistance needed to stay in place.

Studies have shown that the majority of denture wearers would have opted for dental implants if they had known that their jaw was shrinking before they proceeded with dentures. They didn’t realize that because their jaw would be shrinking over time,  this would translate to ill-fitting dentures that they would continually be adjusting and replacing which leads us into our first option on how to replace missing teeth.

Dentures – False Teeth

Although dentures, sometimes referred to as false teeth, are likely the least invasive and affordable solution to replace missing teeth, we often recommend a newer technique which is called implant supported dentures. This is where we utilize dental implants and a permanent denture that maintains your jaw and facial structure. The denture just clicks into place and fits perfectly, doesn’t move or shift and doesn’t require constant adjustments.

Dental Bridge

Another teeth replacement option when you are missing one or a few teeth in one area of your mouth is a dental bridge. These bridges utilize your own teeth to support and bridge the gap(s) with a ‘dummy tooth’. The teeth on either side of the gap do need to be reduced in preparation for this treatment.  Although a popular option for tooth replacement, bone loss under the “dummy tooth” of the bridge may be a concern.

Dental Implants – Permanent Teeth Replacement

For decades, implant dentistry has been the ideal solution for replacing missing teeth. People opt for implants because they’re tired of ill-fitting dentures, they want to upgrade from their dental bridge to avoid compromising healthy teeth in the preparation required for bridge work or they want to maintain their jaw and facial structure for their overall health. They also understand that dental implants will allow them to continue with their regular diet including hard foods such as steak, apples or corn on the cob.

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When people can eat properly, they’re getting the nutrition that they need for their own longevity. Teeth implants allow people to continue on with their life without missing a step!

If you’re interested in learning more about your treatment options, call us today at 905-858-2345 for a free consultation. For your convenience, we offer single implant pricing starting at $65 per month. Contact us now for more details.

Dr. Kate Bazydlo, Winston Churchill Dental