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. The good news is you can get your smile back along with your chewing function, thanks to today’s tooth replacement options. Dr. David Gordon and Dr. Spencer Hill at Gordon Family Dental in Lehi, Utah, offer a wide range of tooth replacement options for you to choose from.
One of the most popular tooth replacement options is dental implants, which look and function just like natural teeth. They are firmly embedded in the bone so they don’t move around. They also offer the convenience of never having to remove them. You keep your smile healthy by brushing and flossing the dental implants just like natural teeth. Dental implants also help you create and conserve bone, which gives you a firm jawline and a more youthful face with less 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 find out more about dental implants, dental appliances, or dental bridgework, call Dr. David Gordon and Dr. Spencer Hill of Gordon Family Dental in Lehi, Utah, at (801) 766-6344. Call today!