A cosmetic dentist has a background in general dentistry but focuses their efforts on procedures outside the realm of routine care. Instead, their focus tends to be on the form of the mouth, such as how the teeth and/or gums appear. Although there is a common misconception that cosmetic dentists only care about looks, they…
What is Tooth Replacement and Why is it Necessary?
As dentistry has evolved over time, there are now so many ways that tooth replacement can be achieved. More often than not, people just move one once they lose a tooth which can actually become problematic eventually.
Tooth replacement has progressed greatly, and when someone loses a tooth, they can consider a variety of different dental appliances to replace the missing tooth. It is also important to be aware of why tooth replacement is necessary.
In this article, we outline what tooth replacement is and why it is important. Keep reading to find out more!
What is tooth replacement?
Tooth replacement is simply when a dentist or oral surgeon replaces a missing tooth with an artificial one through the use of oral and dental appliances. Below, are three of the most common tooth replacement options:
- Dental crowns: This acts like a helmet over a gap or damaged tooth. They can provide normal tooth function and appearance
- Dental implants: These surgical components work hand in hand with dental crowns. The dental implants are placed within the bone to act as the tooth’s structure and the dental crown is placed on top in order to act as the replacement tooth
- Dentures: This oral appliance has been used for ages as a way to replace missing teeth. Dentures are prosthetic devices that are supported by the gums, the jaw and any teeth that may still be remaining
Reasons why tooth replacement is necessary
The following are normal goals of a patient when replacing their tooth.
One of the main reasons that tooth replacement is necessary is so that the teeth can function properly. Eating with a missing tooth may become difficult because the missing tooth’s area will not be able to contribute to the chewing and grinding of food. Having your missing teeth replaced through dentures, crowns or dental implants can help restore the function of the teeth which can help with eating each day.
Another reason that tooth replacement may be necessary is for the aesthetic of one’s mouth. A lot of people experience a lack of confidence when they have missing teeth. But with the help of a tooth replacement, that aesthetic can be increased greatly. Dentures, crowns and dental implants can provide a more natural look for someone who has missing teeth.
Tooth replacement is oftentimes necessary for one’s oral and dental health. When a person has a missing tooth, the area surrounding that missing tooth may be more prone to infection or disease. Having a missing tooth can also be a risk to a person’s comfort because the exposed gums may be more prone to discomfort or sensitivity.
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Tooth replacement can be done in a few different ways including the most common methods discussed above. Being aware of what tooth replacement options exist as well as why they are important can be helpful for someone who is seeking to replace a missing tooth.
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