If you are missing teeth, it can harm your appearance, and that’s not all. Missing teeth also affect your ability to chew your food, which impacts your digestion and your overall health. Fortunately, you can reclaim both your smile and oral functionality thanks to today’s tooth replacement options. Available from Dr. David Gordon and Dr. Spencer Hill of Gordon Family Dental in Lehi, UT, read on to learn about our different tooth replacement treatments.
One of the most popular tooth replacement options is dental implants, which look and function just like natural teeth. Firmly embedded in the bone so they don’t move around, implants are convenient in that you never have to remove them and you maintain them just as you would natural teeth (i.e. brushing and flossing). Dental implants also help you create and conserve bone, which gives you a firm jawline and a more youthful face, free of facial sagging.
You may want the convenience of dental appliances. If you need to replace a few missing teeth, you want a partial denture. If you need to replace an entire arch of teeth, you want a full denture. You can choose a sturdy, conventional dental appliance that is created after your tissue has healed at around 6 to 8 weeks. You can also choose a transitional or immediate dental appliance that is meant as a temporary tooth replacement if you want dental implants later, or if you want to wear an appliance immediately after your teeth are removed.
Dental bridges are another option to replace missing teeth. They consist of prosthetic teeth known as pontics which are suspended over the space where you have missing teeth. The teeth on both sides of the space are crowned and the dental bridge is cemented to them. You can brush a dental bridge and floss underneath the bridge using floss threaders.
Choosing a tooth replacement option is an important decision you should make with the help of an expert. To learn more about dental implants, dental appliances, or dental bridgework, call Dr. David Gordon and Dr. Spencer Hill of Gordon Family Dental in Lehi, UT, at (801) 766-6344. Call today!