Many people have woken up in a panic after dreaming about losing a tooth or several teeth. This nightmare is very common but for most people, the nightmare ends when they wake up. Unfortunately, for many people, the nightmare of missing teeth is a reality and is something they suffer with on a daily basis. At Paris Family Dental our goal is to turn our patient’s missing teeth nightmare around and give them the smile they have always dreamed of.
What to do When You Are Missing a Tooth Or Several Teeth
There are several different treatment options a person can choose from when they are faced with the problem of missing teeth. If a person is missing one tooth they may decide to have a bridge done to fill in the gap. Bridges are wonderful restorations but in order to have a bridge placed, teeth need to be reduced by grinding, to anchor the bridge. As additional information, the tooth structure under the bridged tooth can become decayed, if this happens, it will need to be replaced.
Another option for patients missing several teeth is to have partial dentures made. Partial dentures are removable appliances that have fake teeth attached. These fake teeth snap into place and fill in the places where teeth are missing. Partial dentures help replace missing teeth but they tend to make clicking sounds when a person talks or chews and food can get trapped under them causing discomfort and sores.
When a person is missing all their teeth one treatment that they can opt for is full dentures. Full dentures are removable appliances that cover the roof of a person’s mouth as well as their lower arch. Full dentures are sets of teeth that slip into a person’s mouth replacing all their missing teeth. It is a great option for people who are missing all their teeth but like partial dentures, they too have their problems. One major complaint with full dentures is they slip up and down and make clicking sounds when a person talks or chews. Full dentures also take time to get used too and like partial dentures, they too can get food trapped under them causing discomfort and sores.
What are Implants And Are They a Better Option For People Who Are Missing Teeth?
One option for a person who is missing a tooth or teeth is to have dental implants placed. Dental implants are placed in a person’s jawbone and work like a person’s own natural tooth root. If a person is having implants placed to replace one or more individual teeth, the implants will be surgically placed in their jaw bone. The patient will have to wait a few weeks for the area to heal and the bone to fuse to the implant. Once an implant is solid in the bone, a crown can be placed on the implant to replace the missing tooth or teeth.
Implants can be used to replace a few teeth or all teeth. They can be used to help anchor and support dentures. When implants are used to support dentures several implants are placed in the jaw bone and a denture is made to snap onto those implants. Implants help to lock the dentures into place and eliminate any slipping or clicking sounds. They also look and fit more like natural teeth and a person can talk and eat with more confidence.
If you or someone you know is missing a tooth or several teeth contact Paris Family Dental today. Our Paris Texas office is trained in implant treatment and can answer any questions you may have. Call us today to schedule your appointment at (903) 732-0061! Visit us at 2333 Lamar Ave, Paris, TX 75460 to learn more about our team, our practice, and how we provide excellence in dentistry in our area.