Replacing Teeth: Things to Consider When Visiting the Dentist

Replacing Teeth: Things to Consider When Visiting the Dentist

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:

  • Dental Implants. These are titanium screw-like posts inserted in your jawbone to replace the entire tooth, from the root to the crown. They are made of three parts: the implant, the abutment, and the crown.
  • Partial dentures. The replacement teeth are attached to a metal frame. Then the frame is attached between the natural teeth.
  • Fixed bridges. They are fixed devices that connect the prosthetic tooth to your existing teeth.

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.

How Healthy Are Your Teeth?

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.

The Health of Your Gums

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.

Consider Long-Term Effects

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.

The longevity of the Procedure

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.

Make Sure That the Dentist Is Experienced

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.

Does Your Insurance Cover the Cost?

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                                                  

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.

General Health           

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.

The Takeaway    

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.

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