Whether your teeth have been knocked out, fallen out, or have been extracted, it’s extremely important to have them replaced as soon as possible. There are a variety of health issues that can occur if you don’t get your teeth replaced and, over time, the issues will worsen.
Below is more information about why you may need teeth replacements, the types of replacements, and what choice is best for you.
What Leads to Teeth Replacement?
There are a few reasons why you may need to have a tooth or teeth replaced. They really fall under three categories, though. Either your teeth have:
- Fallen Out
- Been Extracted
- Been Knocked Out
Your tooth or teeth may be knocked out due to a sports accident, falling, or any other form of accident. Once this happens, you should contact an emergency dentist and follow the steps they provide for saving the tooth. If they are unable to reinsert the tooth, though, you’ll need a replacement.
If your tooth has simply fallen out, there is a good chance that this is due to a lack of proper care for your oral health. Your dentist may need to provide restorative services to replace the tooth.
Finally, if your dentist needs to extract your tooth, you’ll need a replacement. The reason for the extraction will play a factor in the chosen replacement. For instance, if your tooth was damaged to the point where it couldn’t be saved due to an accident, your dentist may simply need to pull and replace it. If your tooth is extracted due to severe decay and infection, the replacement process may take a different form.
Your dentist will do whatever they can to save your tooth. If it simply can’t be saved, though, a dental implant or dentures will need to be considered.
What Are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is a tooth replacement option that involves the insertion of a titanium rod in the jawbone to place a false crown. Dental implants can be used to either replace a single tooth or multiple teeth. In order for a dental implant to be placed, the jawbone of the patient needs to be healthy. If it has deteriorated, a bone graft may need to be performed to strengthen the jawbone.
What Are Traditional Dentures?
Traditional dentures are what most people think of when they think of teeth replacement. These false teeth aren’t rooted in place and sit on the gums of the patient. They provide some extra support and are a nice cosmetic option for patients that are self-conscious about their lack of teeth.
Why Dental Implants?
There are a few reasons that you may consider dental implants. Some of these include:
- Strength. Dental implants are strong and provide a high level of support that is similar to that of natural teeth. Because of this, you’ll be able to bite and chew most of your favorite foods without a problem.
- Longevity. Dental crowns for implants can last a long time—sometimes 15 years! The implant itself will likely last a lifetime if you take good care of your oral health.
- Appearance. While some crowns stand out more (like gold), others can be made to closely resemble the look of your natural teeth.
Dentures are an excellent option for many patients looking to replace some or all of their teeth. Some of the benefits of dentures include:
- A full smile. Dentures provide the appearance of a full smile—allowing you to smile wide with confidence!
- Cost. Dentures are a more cost-effective method the majority of the time. This makes them a great option for those on a budget.
- Simplicity. Most dentures are non-invasive and don’t require a surgical procedure to place.
Which is Right for Me?
Which option is right for you will depend on a few factors. One is whether or not your jawbone can handle the placement of dental implants. If your jawbone is weak, it may not be able to hold the implants in place. While a graft may be an option, sometimes it is not.
Another big factor is cost. Dental implants are more expensive. If you are on a budget, you may need to consider dentures until you can afford dental implants. You may end up finding that you enjoy your dentures and don’t need implants.
Contact 24/7 Dental Today!
If you are missing a tooth or teeth, don’t delay! The longer you wait for a replacement, the worse the issue may become. Schedule an appointment for one of our top dentists to take a look at your teeth, gums, and jawbone. From there they can determine if you are a candidate for dental implants and whether dental implants or dentures are the best choice to meet your needs.