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3 Types of Restorations Used in Cosmetic Dentistry to Replace Missing Teeth
The three main restorations used to replace missing teeth in cosmetic dentistry are implants, dentures and bridges. Implants are typically the best option if the patient is healthy enough for the procedure since they replace teeth roots, preserving jaw bone tissue.
Dentures are more affordable than bridges and implants, and they are great for patients who have lost most of their real teeth. Bridges do exactly what their name implies; they are used to bridge gaps between a patient's teeth and they provide great aesthetics.
How cosmetic dentistry uses dentures, implants and bridges to replace missing teeth
Let us look at the most popular restorations used in cosmetic dentistry in greater detail. That will help you to make an informed decision regarding which restoration is best for you.
Dentures provide an affordable way to replace missing teeth. There are two main types of dentures, partial and full. Partial dentures are used when a person has only lost a few of their teeth, while full dentures are for those who have lost most of their teeth.
The installation of dentures does not require oral surgery, but the dentist might opt to extract the patient's real teeth if they only have a few left so they can wear full dentures.
The first stage of getting dentures involves the dentist making a mold of the patient's teeth. The impression is sent to a dental laboratory that makes dentures. It takes about two weeks for the finished dentures to get back to the dentist.
The benefits of dentures include:
- Cheapest alternative
- Replaces the aesthetics and function of lost teeth
- Does not require any surgery
Dentures come with a few downsides as well which might push some patient's towards implants or bridges. These include:
- Dentures lack stability so they are prone to moving
- Dentures require about 20 minutes of cleaning each day
- Dentures can lead to sores forming on soft tissues
Bridges are used to close up gaps created by missing teeth. They are anchored down on the two teeth closest to the gap. These teeth are typically fitted with crowns to provide extra stability. A set of artificial teeth called pontics are attached to the crowned teeth being used as abutments to finish the process.
Bridges are pricier than dentures, but they are a cheaper alternative to implants and they look more natural than dentures. Bridges can also be attached to dental implants, allowing the patient to enjoy the bone preserving properties that come with the latter.
Implants are the priciest option those who have missing teeth can explore, but they provide the most benefits, most importantly, preserving jawbone tissues. An implant is a lot like a real tooth and it can last a lifetime. The installation of implants requires oral surgery, so they might not be right for people dealing with certain conditions like diabetes.
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