You may need a tooth (or teeth) replacement after an injury, because of tooth decay, or if you have had a tooth extracted. There are several different options for tooth replacement.
A Fixed Bridge
If your teeth are missing from an area that still has an adequate surrounding number of teeth that are strong and healthy, you may be able to have a fixed bridge inserted. For this to happen, the surrounding teeth must be reduced in size to make room for a prosthetic tooth (or teeth), which is then suspended between the adjacent teeth. However this does weaken the adjacent teeth. This provides a functional replacement which has an average life expectancy of 10-12 years.
Removable dentures may be full or partial. They can be used in place of a single tooth or all of the teeth from your upper and lower jaw. Dentures can help to maintain the natural appearance of your face and profile. When you first get new dentures, they make feel a little awkward for a few weeks until your facial muscles and tongue get used to them. Even if you wear dentures, you must still practice good dental hygiene. Also, dental implants can help anchor dentures and make them stable.
Dental implants are the best solution for tooth replacement because they are permanent. During the procedure you will have metal posts surgically inserted into your jawbone where your teeth are missing. Over time, these posts will form a bond with the bone in your jaws, providing a solid foundation for the prosthetic teeth which will be attached to the posts. Dental implants can last a lifetime if they are taken care of properly.
Here at Riverside Oral & Facial Surgery, we are dedicated to providing the best oral surgery in northwest Georgia. We take great pride in serving our patient’s needs using cutting-edge equipment and techniques. If you are considering any type of tooth replacement procedure, contact us today to consult with Dr. Hunt. He is only too happy to address your questions and concerns.