It is important to replace missing teeth. Not only are there cosmetic benefits to a full smile, but a complete set of teeth will make it easier for you to speak and to eat. Additionally, empty spaces in your smile give plaque and bacteria extra places to collect, and allow your teeth to drift out of alignment.
Not everyone is comfortable wearing dentures. They can feel bulky, they may slip in your mouth, and they have to be removed and cleaned every night. Because of that, a patient may want to consider other options.
Dental implants have become very popular. Since they are attached to titanium posts that are set directly into the jawbone, they are sturdy and can be brushed and flossed just like regular teeth. Implants are also designed to blend in with your natural teeth. However, implants require surgery, and a person needs to have healthy gums and enough jawbone to support them. Additionally, there are medications and conditions that might preclude implants, and they require a very strong commitment to a strong oral hygiene routine.
A second option is the use of a dental bridge. Placing a bridge is less expensive and less invasive procedure than implants. The teeth on either end of the space in your smile are used to anchor the bridge, which is custom-made in a dental lab to fit your mouth.
If you want to replace one or more missing teeth, you should take the time to talk with our dentist, Dr. Anthony Foster about all of your options. If you would like to make an appointment at Foster Dental in Brooklyn, New York, call 718-673-8060 today. We look forward to giving you a strong, full and healthy smile.