Missing Teeth? Here’s What You Can Do About It Posted on January 15, 2019 Your teeth are important for your overall health and self-esteem. If you are dealing with missing teeth, you’ll recognize the various problems they can cause. Eating certain foods is almost impossible, and you aren’t comfortable with the way you look when you smile. Fortunately for you, Dr. Vlahos cosmetic and general dentistry in St. Catharines has many excellent options available for replacing missing teeth. It’s important to replace your missing teeth as fast as possible in order to protect your gums and to keep the surrounding teeth from moving and becoming out of line and uneven. Visit Dr. Vlahos today to find out which of these teeth replacement options is best for you. Dental Implants A dental implant is a surgical procedure where an artificial replacement root is placed in the jaw bone and then capped with a porcelain crown. This solution feels and acts the most like a natural tooth when chewing, brushing, or smiling. A major advantage of dental implants is there is no need to alter any other teeth when placing an implant. An implant is a great solution for a single missing tooth replacement. Lastly, dental implants are known for their outstanding durability often lasting 15-20 years without needing repair or replacement. Fixed Bridges In simple words, a fixed bridge bridges the gap between one or more missing teeth. A row of artificial teeth is held in place together using bonding or a cementing to the surrounding teeth. Once the bridge is in place, a fixed dental bridge looks, feels and functions like natural teeth, does not require removal for cleaning and is typically much more cost effective than a dental implant. This procedure may sometimes require multiple trips to the dentist, as it may take some time (depends on how many teeth are missing). Partial Dentures A removable partial denture, which is worn during the day, can replace one or many missing teeth. While a removable partial denture is great for chewing and aesthetic appeal, they are far less durable than a dental implant or bridge and can become uncomfortable when worn for an extended amount of time. But they are typically the least expensive teeth replacement option available and are easy to repair if any damage occurs. These dentures look and function like normal teeth. Complete Denture Unlike a removable partial denture, where only a section of missing teeth is replaced, a removable complete denture is used to replace most, if not all, teeth. An entire arch of teeth, upper or lower, are replaced with a prosthetic embedded with replacement teeth. They are removable for brushing and cleaning, and for repairs, and often look very natural and function just like your own teeth. If you have missing teeth and are looking for a solution, visit Dr. Vlahos Cosmetic and General Dentistry in St. Catharines and we will be happy to help you find the best solution for you.