Is it hard for you to chew food? Do you have problems in your mouth because of missing teeth? There are always many options to choose from when it comes to your teeth; YES you have a choice!
Implants are the next best thing to natural teeth. They are made of titanium and are placed in to the bone. The bone then integrates with the implant to keep it in place for a lifetime. A replacement tooth, called a crown, goes on top of the implant. Implants can be done for a single missing tooth, several missing teeth or a whole mouth makeover.
Bridges are used when one or more teeth are missing and implants aren’t an option. A fixed bridge is cemented onto specially prepared teeth on either side of the space. Sometimes a removable bridge may be used. A removable bridge clips to the teeth on both sides of the space. You can put a removable bridge in and take it out yourself. Most of the time, a removable bridge has a plastic base with metal clasps or a frame that is made of cast metal. Permanent or fixed bridges can be made from metal, ceramics, or a combination of the two.
Full dentures (sometimes called false teeth) may be used to restore the smile when all natural teeth have been lost. The denture looks like a full set of teeth mounted on an acrylic base made to look like gums. Dentures can be held in place with implants or by a seal that forms between the denture base and the gums with saliva, along with the muscles of your cheeks and tongue. Sometimes adhesives or denture creams may be used to help hold the denture in place.
Taking care of your smile is really the most important choice to make! Whether you have implants, a bridge, wear dentures, or have your own teeth: you have to take care of your smile. Plaque, a thin film of bacteria, forms on your teeth, gums, and other tissues in your mouth all the time. If not removed, plaque can cause tooth decay, gum disease, and bad breath. To take care of your mouth: brush your teeth, gums, tongue, and roof of your mouth every morning and evening regularly. This will help the blood flow into the tissues of your mouth and remove plaque. You can also use a fluoride containing toothpaste and brush for at least two minutes at a time. A Sonicare electric toothbrush is perfect for this job as it has a timer that tells you when to move the brush to a different area of your mouth every 30 seconds. Clean between your teeth daily with floss or another product used to clean between the teeth. Visit us at your specific recommended time interval for a complete oral heath evaluation, oral cancer screening and professional care.