There is no such thing as harmless dental problems; that’s why choosing the right treatment means ensuring your future wellbeing
Even when maintaining good oral hygiene standards, it is not uncommon for patients to suffer from gingivitis, decay or tooth loss. Dietary habits, smoking and ageing are three of its main causes. Over the years, dentistry has developed a wide range of procedures and techniques to solve all these problems, so patients don’t get exposed to further risks for their dental health.
From root canal treatments to routine fillings, dentists are nowadays able to offer the right solution for each dental problem. Treatment, however, is essential when suffering from any of these conditions, as they can lead to far more severe ones, hazarding the patient’s wellbeing.
Harmless as it may seem, tooth loss can dramatically affect patients. As chewing helps maintaining the jawbone strong and healthy, a gap in your mouth due to tooth loss is the beginning of an atrophy process of the bone underneath. This means your jawbone begins to disappear, leading to changes to your facial structure such as premature ageing and sunken look. To prevent this it is very important to keep the bone working, providing it with replacement teeth which can function as the lost ones.
There are three main procedures to replace your lost teeth, depending on your needs and the quality of your remaining teeth, gums and jawbones. Bridges, for example, need adjacent teeth to anchor the replaced one or ones. When this is not possible –either because of the lack of adjacent teeth or because the treatment is too expensive– partial dentures are most people’s choice to fill these gaps. This procedure involves a very detailed mould made of the region, which allows creating a framework of either a metal or an acrylic material. The framework fits tightly into the wearer’s mouth, as his existing teeth give full support to the device. The mould holds artificial teeth replacing the missing ones and enabling the jawbone to continue functioning normally.
If you have missing tooth or teeth but want to invest in a fully permanent solution rather than wearing removable devices, dental implants can be the right procedure. Implants consist on a screw-like cylinder made out of titanium, which is placed and attached to the jawbone to replace the tooth’s root. When it is properly healed, a crown is attached on top of it to give the new tooth a full functionality with a natural look. While the implant becomes fixed into the jaw and the wound isn’t already cured, a partial denture is often used in order to allow the implant to fully heal and to prevent any infection due to an early placement of the crowns.
Partial dentures are not only a great solution to missing teeth, but also a good help against infection during implants healing process