There are many benefits to wanting to replace missing teeth. At Concord Woods Dental Group in Concord, MA, we encourage patients of all ages not to neglect replacing their missing teeth. People are more inclined to replace a tooth if its absence affects their smiles. Even a tooth in the back of the mouth, however, needs to be replaced.
Gaps might start to appear between teeth as they start to shift when they have extra space. Patients with several missing teeth might start having trouble chewing or talking. Partial and full dentures are a great way of replacing missing teeth. Implants and bridges can be used too. At Concord Woods Dental Group, we can offer you all of these options.
Of dentures, implants, and bridges, dentures are the only option that can be removed and put on by the patients. The difference between partial and full dentures is the number of teeth being replaced. If a full row of teeth is being replaced, full dentures are needed. Partial dentures are used to replace a few missing teeth.
Partial dentures are attached to the teeth around them using metal clasps. Full dentures are used to replace an entire row, so they have to be attached to the gums. This is done using suction. Dentures last about 5 to 10 years before they need to be replaced.
If you want options that last longer or ones that you don’t have to worry about removing, you can opt for bridges or implants. Bridges last about ten years while implants usually last several decades. Bridges use surrounding teeth for attachment. Implants, on the other hand, are placed directly into the jawbone using titanium screws. Implants are also the most durable option of the three.
Implants and bridges are easier to maintain since you don’t need to remove, rinse, and store them every night before going to bed. You will get used to how they feel and will stop noticing them in no time. Patients also get used to dentures but will need to be more careful with what they eat since they’re more fragile.