We’ve all had the experience of losing teeth. Having your baby teeth naturally fall out is part of growing up. But what happens when you accidentally knock out an adult tooth? There’s no replacement for that. Well, at least not without visiting one of the Kelowna dentists in your area.
When children lose a tooth, they have the consolation that their bodies will produce a natural replacement. Plus, they might discover the Tooth Fairy has left a little money under their pillow the next day.
Grownups aren’t so lucky (on either count). Whether it’s an errant hockey stick in your rec league or an accidental head-butt at your Wednesday night ballroom dancing class, losing a tooth can be a major disappointment. Things like tooth decay and periodontal disease can also cause teeth to fall out.
Fortunately, Kelowna dentists have a number of ways for dealing with these situations. Here is a trio of effective treatment options that’ll restore your smile.
1. Dental Implants
Dental implants have become one of the most popular options for replacing a missing tooth (or teeth), mainly because they look and feel just like real teeth.
This procedure includes inserting a titanium screw into the client’s jawbone. This acts as an anchor, allowing an artificial tooth to be attached to it. This could include:
- Partial dentures
- Complete dentures
While this is often a successful treatment option for many clients, others might not have enough bone material to sufficiently hold the implant in place.
If you’re uncertain whether this treatment is worth considering, read our post: Are Dental Implants Right for You?
Dentures have been used in various forms for centuries. Modern technology has greatly improved the practice to the point where they can be used to replace some, or all, of your missing teeth. Like implants, they look real and they can be used like real teeth.
Some of the main benefits of dentures include:
- Improved chewing ability
- Restoring natural look to the face (corrects collapsed appearance in lips and cheeks)
- Improved speech and pronunciation
- Greater self-esteem (smile with confidence)
In some instances, Kelowna dentists will recommend a bridge as a solution for a missing tooth. This practice involves anchoring a fake tooth (a.k.a., pontic) between two healthy teeth (or implants). The fake tooth replaces the missing one, and is cemented into place.
Like the above options, bridges look and feel very natural.
Your Okanagan dentist will be able to recommend whether a bridge is right for you. If the teeth on either side of the missing tooth are already in need of crowns, it might be worthwhile having it all done at once. However, if you’re missing multiple teeth in a row, there might not be enough support to bridge them all.
Whether you’re visiting us for cosmetic or general dentistry, we provide a comfortable experience with results that will last. Contact us to book an appointment today!
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