Are you thinking of replacing your teeth? You are not alone. Few of us will be lucky enough to reach 50 with a full set of teeth. The average American adult between 35 and 50 is missing nearly seven teeth due to gum disease or tooth decay.
Having missing teeth is not only a cosmetic concern, but your bite will be altered, and the jawbone can deteriorate.
If it were a few decades ago, you would be justified to feel sorry for yourself. Now, there is little reason to worry since there are available options that will replace the missing teeth. Some of the available options are:
As exciting as these options may sound, there are some things to consider as you come to seek teeth replacement from our dentist in Sarasota.
Your teeth’ health is the first thing you consider even before you settle on a certain replacement option.
It is best if you go for a dental examination so that our dentist can check for tooth decay and other issues. X-rays and a thorough physical examination will reveal the teeth’ exact state and, therefore, the best replacement option.
If you are going for bridges and the teeth used as anchors are decayed, it can pose a challenge since they are not firm enough to hold the bridge in place.
Your teeth are held in place by your gums and the jawbone. If you have gum disease, the chances of success for any restoration procedure will become very slim.
For example, before you get a dental implant, you need to have a healthy jawbone for the implant to fuse to. Then, your gums have to be healthy to help hold the implant in place.
With fixed bridges and partial dentures, your underlying teeth are the anchors. So, if you have gum disease, your teeth become loose, and so the replacement will not be a success.
It is quite exciting when you think of the prospects of having a full set of teeth. However, it would help if you thought long and hard before you commit to a specific procedure. It would be best if you considered the long-term effects.
For instance, if you go for dentures, you might need to change your diet so as you do not damage them.
Are you looking for a temporary solution or a permanent one? Some of the available options will not last as long as the others.
Dental implants, as compared to other options, last the longest since the implant is surgically inserted in your jawbone. When it fuses to your jawbone, it becomes a part of you. With partial dentures, you have the option of removing them.
Some of the dentists you may go to may have the credentials but not the necessary experience to perform the procedure. Ask for before and after photos of the specific procedures.
Some of these dental procedures can cost a fortune, so there is a chance that your insurance may not cover the cost. Just to be sure, clarify with your insurance company before getting the procedure.
If they are, well and good, but if not, ensure you have carried enough money to cover the cost.
Age can be a factor when it comes to choosing an appropriate replacement option. Especially if you are going for dental implants. You need to check with our dentist to confirm if this option is available for your specific case.
This is an important factor to consider, especially when it comes to dental implants. If you have uncontrolled illnesses such as heart disease or diabetes, then getting an implant becomes a tricky affair.
Teeth were designed to serve you for life, so when choosing a replacement option, consider all the options available before you pick one.
You can call our dentist, Dr. George Strickland, at Strickland Family Dentistry, to discuss your options and schedule an appointment.