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Struggling with Missing Teeth

There’s nothing shameful about missing teeth. A lot of dental problems, from gum disease, to tooth decay, and various genetic conditions can cause missing teeth, at any point in your life. So this is not something you should attempt to hide. Here, at Pear Tree Dental in Leighton Buzzard, we see dozens of cases each year, and we’ve since grown efficient at finding solutions.

In this article, that’s what we want to talk to you about, not really the causes of your missing teeth (though your dental professional will be able to help you with that, as well), but rather discuss some solutions. There are, thankfully, several ways to conceal the absence of one or multiple teeth, so do not despair!

1.   Partial or Complete Dentures

Depending on how many teeth you need to replace, your dentist may well advise you to get either a partial or a full denture. A denture basically consists of natural looking teeth, applied to a pink base, that imitates the appearance of gums. Don’t worry, dentures look very natural, since the base is designed particularly to fit your natural gums, and the teeth, the natural shade of your existing teeth.

Depending on the type of denture you require, you can either get a permanent one, or a removable one, to put in when you need to use all of your teeth. Dentures can be a good option if you’re missing multiple teeth in one single area of your mouth, and need to replace them all.

2.   Dental Implants

So dentures may be a good idea if you need to replace multiple missing teeth in one part of the mouth, but what if you need to replace one tooth, or singular missing teeth in multiple areas of the mouth? Well, then, dental implants might be your best option here.

Dental implants consist of a metal (often titanium) post mounted in either your upper or lower jaw. This will provide a firm and stable basis for your replacement tooth, ensuring that it doesn’t move or wiggle in your gums. Although dental implants involve a surgical procedure, they can be a good option if you only want to replace one tooth, particularly since they can last decades, with appropriate care.

3.   Dental Bridges

A dental bridge is used when you need to replace one or more missing teeth in the same area. They are effective in restoring your full smile, though one major issue is they need to be fixed to adjacent teeth, using dental cement.

Dental bridges are fixed, unlike the removable dentures, which can give you more stability, but can also make it easier for plaque and bacteria to accumulate.

Which one is right for you?

Only a dental professional can determine whether you’re a candidate for dentures, bridges, or dental implants. This is why we encourage you to give our experts at Pear Tree Dental a call today, to assess the situation and also the appropriate treatment for your dental woes!