Dental implants are quickly becoming the number one choice for tooth replacement. Not only does it replace the missing tooth but it restores function, preserves bone and it gives a natural look.
A dental implant is a small, biocompatible titanium screw that is placed in your jawbone and acts as an artificial tooth root. Dental implants can be used to support artificial teeth like crowns, bridges and dentures.
With dental implants, your dentist doesn’t have to involve adjacent teeth in the treatment of missing or damaged teeth. They can improve the function of your teeth – allowing for more effective chewing and speaking.
A dental bridge is used to replace one or more missing teeth.
Missing teeth are not just a cosmetic issue. It is important to replace missing teeth because they can cause your remaining teeth to shift and affect the alignment & function and can lead to gum disease and TMJ issues.
A bridge can replace a section of missing teeth, it is cemented to either the natural teeth on either side of the space or to dental implants or crowns.
Dental bridges can also be fabricated using our CEREC machine. Speak to your dental provider to see if a bridge is a viable option for you.
Missing teeth can make some people feel self-conscious about their appearance when smiling, laughing or posing for pictures, and dentures can be a great solution to this problem.
Candidates for partial dentures are those people who have some of their natural teeth remaining, with gaps between them where teeth are missing.
It is a removable appliance that fits securely on the gums to fill the space between the natural teeth with replacement teeth.
A partial denture can be made from acrylic, metal or both and is constructed with a gum coloured base that holds the replacement teeth and clasps to hold its position in the mouth.
Although dentures are most commonly thought of as being for elderly patients, this is simply not the case. There are many reasons why people may require partial dentures, regardless of their age. They may have only lost one or a few of their teeth, possibly in an accident for example and require a partial denture to fill the space where their teeth are missing.
In addition to the cosmetic benefit provided by a partial denture, it will also prevent the possibility of your other teeth from coming out of line due to the space created by missing teeth.
While partial dentures are used to fill spaces created by one or more missing teeth, complete dentures are used when all of the teeth are missing.
It can therefore take some time to get used to the awkward feeling of having complete dentures, since they are resting on your gums.
With natural teeth, the impact of chewing food is absorbed by the teeth which are firmly rooted within the gums, but dentures are resting on the gum line, with the attached teeth fastened into the denture. This results in the gums absorbing the impact of chewing, and can take some time before a resistance is built up.
Within time you can build up to regular eating habits and eventually the dentures will feel like a familiar part of your everyday routine.
Missing teeth can cause discomfort, affect speech and chewing ability, and impact your self-confidence. At Auden Park Family Dentistry in Kingston, we offer dental implants, partial and full dentures, and dental bridges to help restore your smile and improve your quality of life. Our experienced dental team uses the latest technology and techniques to provide custom-made solutions that are comfortable, functional, and aesthetically pleasing. Whether you need a single tooth replacement or a full arch restoration, we can help you achieve a beautiful, healthy smile. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about our dental implant, denture, and bridge services.
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