Having toothless teeth not only makes us feel insecure, but also disturbs our eating and talking activities. Tooth loss is usually caused by several things, for example, a tooth that falls out due to an accident, a tooth that is extracted because it has been badly damaged, or due to certain diseases. But most of the patients who have lost their teeth are more likely because the cavities are so bad that they have to be removed so that the infection does not spread further. So, if you are one of those who experience the same thing, you can still restore your toothless teeth with dental treatments as follows.
Dentures are dentures that can be removed. These dentures are also fitted with artificial gums made of plastic that are adapted to the shape of the patient's arch and jaw, so that they are easy to insert and remove. If you have several missing teeth, the dentures will also be equipped with wire or metal to join the dentures together so that it is not complicated when installing and removing the dentures or denture.
Denture treatments tend to be cheaper because they don't require a complicated installation procedure, but that's why dentures usually don't last long and have to be replaced several times.
If you don't want the hassle of having to remove your dentures, and are afraid that you might lose your dentures, you can choose bridge treatment. As the name implies, a bridge requires the next tooth to act as a bridge to support the dentures to replace your missing teeth, also known as pontics. This bridge can also overcome not only one missing tooth but also several missing teeth that are located close to each other.
Compared to dentures, bridges are certainly more durable and function like natural teeth. The treatment method is also not complicated because you don't need to remove it like dentures. However, you still need to be careful about using a tooth that has a bridge attached, especially the next tooth that functions as a bridge can become damaged if you eat hard foods too often.
3. Dental Implant
If you want your teeth to come back like your real teeth are strong, durable, and look and function really like real teeth, you can choose to have dental implants installed. Well, as the name implies, dental implants mean that the denture will be implanted into the jawbone so that it is strong like real teeth. The material used to be implanted into the bone is titanium which also functions as a tooth root. Because dental implants are performed by surgery, not all patients can be fitted with dental implants. So, before a dentist performs a dental implant procedure, the patient must first be checked for his health condition because patients who have chronic diseases will have a longer postoperative healing process.
Getting dental implants usually takes several visits. After dental implants are installed, you must commit to continuing to maintain the cleanliness and health of your teeth, and also to continue to regularly check the condition of your teeth at the dentist. If you are treated properly, dental implants can last up to fifteen years or even more.
Losing your natural teeth is indeed an unpleasant thing because after all, your natural teeth are the best types of teeth that must be cared for and maintained. So, never underestimate the health of your teeth and mouth by regularly brushing your teeth at least 2 times a day and maintaining a healthy and nutritious diet.
Ref.: Johnson, J. 2013, American Dental Association, Tooth Replacement Option, online: ada.org/~/media/ADA/Publications/Files/ADA_PatientSmart_Tooth_Replacement.ashx