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Missing teeth?

Did you know that the average adult between the ages of 20 and 64 has three or more decayed or missing teeth? If you are missing one or more teeth, there are plenty of reasons to correct the problem. For one thing, a large space between your teeth may affect how you speak or eat. Even if it’s not noticeable, a missing molar can affect how you chew. Remaining teeth may shift and in some cases, bone loss can occur around a missing tooth.

With today’s advances, you don’t have to suffer from missing teeth. Here are some options to replace a lost tooth or teeth:


Bridges. Anchored to your adjacent teeth, these can be removable or fixed, depending on your mouth, your dentist’s recommendation and your needs.

Bridges have the advantage of being a quicker process and less costly than implants. However, they are rarely used. Why? The bridge has to anchor to at least two teeth. If those teeth (on either side of the space) are somewhat compromised or weak then choosing an alternate solution is best. Over time the anchor teeth also receive more stress and can break, leaving you with even more missing teeth. 


Dentures. An option if you’ve lost all or most of your teeth. Dentures are a good solution when there is the need to replace a significant number of missing teeth. Partial and full dentures are options for missing teeth. Dentures can be anchored by implants to offer stability. They will restore functionality and return smiles to patients.

Implants. Most similar to a natural tooth. Dental implants are one of the most common methods of tooth replacement. Dental implants are a very reliable type of tooth replacement that both looks and feels like a real tooth. Dental implants provide a permanent solution if you need to replace a single tooth, or multiple teeth, in different areas. If taken care of, dental implants can last you a lifetime.The process of placing your dental implant can be somewhat lengthy. It begins with the replacement of your tooth’s root with metal screws, which will be used as an anchor for the false tooth placed on top. Once the screws have been put into place, you will need to allow the implant to heal for a few months, during which time, the implant becomes securely fused to your jawbone. Once the implant has healed completely, a dental crown will be placed on top.


Do you have any doubts about which is best for you? Top Dental awaits you. 

Dr. Armellini received her dental degree from the Central University of Venezuela. She received an MBA from the University of Michigan and embarked on a clinical fellowship in Implantology Prosthodontics at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.


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