Losing teeth to dental decay or damage doesn't mean that you have to spend your life with missing teeth. There are many dental approaches to replacing teeth. And this article will cover some of the most common dental procedures that dentists use when doing full-mouth reconstructions.
1. Partial dentures
Partial dentures are ideal for patients that have lost one or more teeth and wish to replace them with a simple and cost-effective solution. A partial denture consists of an acrylic base upon which false teeth are attached. A partial denture can replace several teeth to allow you to chew your food easily. Partial dentures also fill in the gaps in your smile left by missing teeth.
You need to clean your partial dentures every night before bed and leave them in a glass of water or denture cleaning solution.
2. Implant-supported dentures
Some patients don't like partial dentures because of the need to clean them and remove them at times. A more convenient solution is implant-supported dentures. These dentures can also be called all-on-four or all-on-six dentures because four to six dentures can be used to stabilize the dentures and fix them permanently into the jawbone, with no need to remove them and clean them.
3. Dental bridges
Dental bridges are a good approach for patients that have lost teeth in a single row. Dental bridges use either healthy teeth to support one or more false teeth, or dental bridges can use dental implants as the support teeth. In this way, you can replace one or more missing teeth in a row of teeth.
4. Bone grafts
One of the side effects of losing teeth is bone resorption. Over time bone loss occurs where there used to be teeth. So the first step to getting dental implants may be to restore the lost bone in order to support dental implants. This is done with bone grafting, which often takes some of the patient's bone and grafts it onto the areas of bone loss.
5. Gum grafts
Gum recession or gum damage can leave the gum tissue unsightly and unable to fully cover dental implant posts. Soft tissue can be used by dentists to restore lost or receded gum tissue. This procedure is often necessary before dental implants are placed.
6. Dental implants
Dental implants are alike natural teeth because they have roots (titanium posts), and they have crowns, just like natural teeth. You can opt to have several dental implants placed at the same time, as long as you have enough bone and gum tissue to support them. This is why gum grafts and bone grafts sometimes come before dental implant placement.
For more information, contact a dentist near you.Share
23 September 2022
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