Tooth loss as an adult can be a devastating blow to your self-image in that it distorts your looks and adversely impacts the way that others perceive you. But it can also destroy your biting force, which makes day to day existence a real challenge, to say the least. But here’s some good news if you are missing teeth: our Warrenton VA, dental office can help you reclaim your health and appearance, along with your mouth’s functionality.
This can happen with the help of dental crowns and bridges, dentures, or even dental implants. The best solution for you will depend on your overall oral health situation, your unique smile goals, and your budget.
Crowns and Bridges
Crowns and bridges have been used effectively for many years and work well for certain cases. A dental crown can be placed over the top of the tooth, once the tooth is filed down. A dental crown is used for a number of reasons, including: restoring deep decay, hiding smile imperfections like cracks, chips, or discoloration, restoring a dental implant, and for particular TMJ-related problems.
A dental bridge functions as exactly that. It uses a series of crowns to fill the gap created by a missing tooth. This restoration is supported by the teeth adjacent to the missing tooth, which means that healthy teeth have to be filed down in the process.
Traditional dentures are sets of false teeth that merely rest on your gums and rely on suction and fit to remain in the mouth. Many patients with dentures have to turn to adhesives to keep their appliance in place. If it makes the most sense for you, we can craft a partial denture or full denture (that cover the entire arch), depending on your needs.
But let’s be honest about the limitations. One of the recurring problems with dentures is their functionality. Here’s the deal: whenever you are missing teeth, your jawbone will actually recede. This will happen to everyone who has lost teeth, and sadly, this alteration makes it tough to find a good denture fit. Accordingly, dentures tend to slip and slide around and can also cause sores from rubbing the gums.
Another problem with dentures is that they only give you back a portion of your biting power. If you have missing teeth and want a solution that will closely match the power of your natural teeth, then dentures might not be the right choice.
We have found dental implants to be the strongest tooth replacement option that can be utilized in modern restorative dentistry. Implants are versatile, too, since they can be used to replace a single missing tooth or all of your teeth.
They are so functional because dental implants are made from titanium, a substance that naturally fuses with bone. When the implant is inserted into the bone, it actually becomes part of your body. The implant itself serves as the root of your replacement tooth and can be restored with a crown, bridge, or full arches restorations like dentures.
You’ll look younger and your full smile will once again stand out. Plus, you’ll be able to eat whatever you want again (whenever you want). Patients with dental implants no longer have to worry about adhesives, dental sores or having their teeth slide out of position at the exact wrong time.
Call To Reclaim Your Bite Power And More
We hope that you will be inspired to get started on your restorative journey. All you have to do is call Drs. Yung & Jelinek today at 540-349-0033 or fill out our online form to schedule your tooth loss consultation in Warrenton, VA.