When replacing missing or broken teeth, most dental professionals use the term “restorative dentistry” which involves filling in empty spaces in the mouth to preserve the natural look of your teeth. Whether it’s through bridgework, crowns, or dental implants – all of these procedures work to preserve and promote overall dental health.
Restorative dentistry helps individuals who don’t have the surface area to chew by restoring the teeth to their aesthetic and functional state. Filling in the tooth’s gap will prevent cavities and avoid placing too much stress on the remaining teeth.
Before deciding on tooth restoration options, there are two things you have to consider:
- Dental health
- Your budget
Most dentists will want to preserve your natural teeth before going for partial or full dentures so you won’t have to endure the hassle of removing and cleaning them often. But partial or full dentures are also a good option if you have a lot of missing teeth and are not a viable candidate for implants due to certain health issues.
Thanks to technology, there are now many ways to repair worn, damaged or, missing teeth.
Here are three reliable options from our dental team, that you could choose to restore your beautiful smile.
Bridgework is the go-to solution for your missing tooth or teeth. It has been a traditional and common solution encouraged by dentists for years. It involves using the teeth on each side of the gap as “posts” to attach the fixed bridge.
There are removable bridges which, as their name suggests, can be detached or removed from the gap, making them easier to clean. Since they are removable, you have to be alert whenever you eat as they may come loose while munching. You also have to be diligent in cleaning around the gap after eating and be mindful of where you put them after cleaning.
2. Dental Crowns
Dental crowns rebuild and enhance the appearance of a broken tooth by covering it. They can be designed using all-porcelain or with porcelain facings over metal, depending on the location of the tooth and the normal biting force. Patients usually opt for porcelain crowns since they look more natural.
A crown acts like a “cap” to a damaged tooth. Besides strengthening a broken tooth (or teeth), it can also be used to improve the shape, appearance or alignment of the tooth. It can also be positioned on top of a dental implant to give it shape and function.
Most dentists recommend dental crowns to:
- ● Cover teeth that have undergone a root canal procedure
- ● Cover dental implants
- ● Attach dental bridges
- ● Cover poorly shaped or discoloured teeth
- ● Restore broken teeth
- ● Substitute for large fillings
- ● Protect weak teeth from breaking
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root used to secure the artificial tooth meant to replace an extracted tooth. It is made up of strong biocompatible material implanted into the jawbone acting as a metal post to secure the artificial tooth.
Dental implants are the best option for those who are missing their teeth entirely. It is a safe and effective invasive form of dental surgery that requires careful planning and deliberation. They are also built to last, which makes them the most cost-effective and long-term solution for missing or broken teeth.
Benefits of dental implants
- ● Functionality
- ● Reliability
- ● Aesthetic value
- ● They do not affect or disturb adjacent teeth
- ● They are not subject to decay
- ● Gum disease is less likely to develop
While most dental bridges last five to 10 years, they still need to be replaced at some point. Dental implants, on the other hand, only need periodic adjustments and they can last forever if properly installed and maintained.
Take note that most dental insurance won’t cover dental implants. So it’s best to talk first with a dental professional to decide on the best option for your oral health.
So, how do you mind those gaps?
The three tooth restoration options mentioned above will not only improve the appearance of your smile but will also counter the risk of dental problems. Consider them, because filling tooth gaps is essential to preserve your remaining teeth and avoid further risks of infection.
If you are worried about your budget, there are professional affordable dentists that can help you without compromising the quality of restoring your teeth.Overall, dental restoration can boost your self-esteem and confidence.
Who wouldn’t want to enjoy their favourite food with a complete set of teeth, not to mention smile the brightest during photo ops? A complete set of teeth means you get to enjoy your meals like before since chewing problems are eliminated. Your speech will also improve as there are no more tooth gaps that affect your pronunciation.
A healthy set of teeth is not only important for dental nourishment but is also essential for better interaction and social allure. It is vital that you keep your teeth healthy for the future, as nothing compares to the joy of flashing your brightest smile with a complete set of teeth.
If you’re keen to chat to us, please get in touch and we can put a plan together for you.