Different Forms of Tooth Replacement Available
Everyone’s mouth is different and therefore, everyone has a different form of tooth replacement that works best for their unique needs. As you consult with your dentist, there are a few options that may come up as potential solutions to your problem, including the following:
A dental implant is a permanent and efficient method of tooth replacement that will have your natural teeth replaced with artificial ones. A dental implant is composed of three main components: the implant post, the abutment, and the prosthesis. The implant post acts as the roots of your tooth and is screwed directly into your jawbone. The living tissue of your bone is affected in the same manner as it is with a natural tooth, and can help rebuild and sturdy around the post.
An abutment is used to connect the post to the prosthesis, which can vary based on the number of teeth being replaced. Popular forms of prosthesis include crowns and bridges.
A dental crown is a dental protective prosthetic, typically made of porcelain. It acts as a cap that can cover your natural tooth or connect to a dental implant post. Crowns are a good way to preserve what is left of your natural tooth. They look and feel exactly like your neighboring teeth, and your dentist will work with you to ensure they match the color as well.
Crowns must be taken care of in the same manner as your other teeth and require daily brushing, flossing, and regular professional cleanings with your dentist. Given proper treatment, your crown can last you anywhere from 10-15 years and helps preserve the natural tooth underneath.
For those in need of a full row of teeth to be replaced, the All-on-4 procedure is a cost-effective way to do so. This dental implant technique sees an entire row of teeth being replaced with just four dental implants. These implants are known as anchor teeth, which are there to hold your prosthetic arch in place.
Your dentist will measure your bite and ensure nothing is disturbed in the process of the procedure. The All-on-4 procedure allows you to resume normal functionality after everything has healed.