If you’re self-conscious or embarrassed about your missing teeth, you’re not alone. More than 120 million people in the United States are missing at least one tooth, and 36 million don’t have any. Rest assured, you have options like oral surgery to restore the function, health, and beauty of your smile. Here are three of the most popular choices.
Beyond Oral Surgery: 3 Options to Replace Missing Teeth
If you are missing several teeth, dentures—a removable fixture—may be your best option. This is a non-surgical solution in which your dentist will work with a lab to craft a custom set of teeth that look and feel real and will fit around any existing teeth you may have. It can take some time to get used to dentures, but, with a proper fit, they can be a comfortable option.
Bridges attach to adjacent teeth to bridge the gap where you have missing teeth. They look and feel real, but, unlike dentures, they are not removable. A dental bridge can be quite comfortable, and most patients don’t even notice they have them. A bridge can last about 10 years or more if it is cared for properly with diligent brushing and flossing.
Implants involve an oral surgery procedure in which a tooth is implanted in the jaw. The process has three stages and can take months to complete. Despite the time investment, dental implants are the closest replacement option to natural teeth. They are quite sturdy and can even last decades.
No matter how many teeth you’re missing, there are options that will help you feel good again. Talk to your dentist or ask for a referral to an oral surgeon to begin your path to renewed dental health.
Oral Surgery Associates of Alaska in Anchorage provides a full range of oral surgery procedures to protect, restore, and beautify your smile. These board-certified surgeons have extensive experience in the latest surgical and anesthesia techniques to ensure your comfort. From teeth extraction to jaw surgery to cosmetic procedures, trust them to help. Call (907) 561-1430, or send them a message online to schedule your appointment.