Did you know that the average adult is missing 2 or more teeth? This doesn't include wisdom teeth (they're annoying little fellows who most of the time we're much better off without) and yes I can tell you're counting how many you're missing! Losing teeth can be the beginning of a lot of aggravation and in some cases a lot of money spent with no real outcome. There are multiple ways of replacing lost teeth, each suit people in different ways:
1. Dentures, these trusty devils have filled the mouths of the toothless for centuries! In the past they have been made from bone, porcelain, metal, wood and even real teeth taken from dead bodies or from the mouths of people desperate for a little cash! These days they tend to be made of two materials (thank goodness!) acrylic and chrome. If a person is only missing one or two teeth a denture can be quite difficult to get along with, they tend to be unstable and to be honest we regularly see patients who are unhappy with their pocket sized plate. Don't get me wrong, there are many people who have dentures and are more than happy with them. These patients usually are missing several if not all of their teeth and in cases like this the mouth creates a good suction which holds the false teeth in place.
2. Dental Bridges, there was a time when the next best thing to a real tooth was a bridge and there have been cases of this treatment found dating back to ancient Egypt and earlier! Back then the bridge often made from the teeth that had been lost and held in place with gold wires. Those with a more noble or socially higher status were also known to have jewels such as emeralds and rubies placed into the teeth. The concept of a bridge is to build a structure that can be supported by the remaining teeth to close or disguise a gap. As with anything there are pros and cons to this type of treatment; pros being: you don't have to remove the bridge after every meal and rinse away food, they are a fixed appliance so there is no worry of them dropping out midsentence and they look just like real teeth. In some cases the cons do out weigh the pros: two or more potentially healthy teeth have to be largely filed down to house the bridge, oral hygiene has to be top notch; If not there is a chance of losing the bridge and the teeth it is attached to and this type of treatment has an unpredictable life span. If you already have a bridge there is nothing to worry about, keep up with cleaning and flossing the teeth and an even better thing to do would be to visit a hygienist on a regular basis.
3. Implants, this treatment is becoming more and more popular as people everywhere no longer want the discomfort or unfortunate stigma that surrounds dentures or the risk that is linked to bridges. Believe it or not dental implants have been around since the 1960s and were first successfully placed within a patient's jaw soon after. So, what is an implant and how do they work? An Implant consists of several parts, the two main elements are the titanium post which will be placed into the socket left by the missing tooth/teeth and the beautiful crown/bridge or denture that will sit on top.
Of course just like any other treatment, Implants do have pros and cons. But in this instance the pros grossly outweigh the cons! If you are a suitable patient implants could last you the rest of your life, there is no need to worry about surrounding teeth being damaged via the treatment, if future teeth are lost the implant crown/ bridge can be adapted to help fill those gaps, the final crown or bridge are fixed appliances so no worry about them falling out, implant retained dentures are beyond a doubt the most stable plate you will come across and all implants placed at thegallery come with a life time guarantee!
The cons, some may say the price. As a surgical procedure implant treatments do cost a little more than your average trip to the dentists, some patients may need some additional treatment such as bone grafting or a sinus lift. These are things that will be discovered and fully discussed during your free consultation with us, multiple visits to us. You will need to visit us quite often for the 3-6 months that the treatment will take to complete.
As you can see the cons really are against the physical treatment not the outcome, yes it's lengthy and yes it may be a little more costly but implants are truly life changing. We are extremely proud as a team to help people take back their confidence and their bite though dental implants. We work alongside our patients from day one to ensure that the whole process is as smooth as possible. We would love to be the ones to help you! Our consultations are completely free with no obligation to go forward if you feel it's not for you. So if you're missing 1, 2 or all 32 of your teeth give us a call and take that first step to a new you.