A missing tooth is among the reasons for many oral issues. It can impact your jaw's stability, leading to tooth loss. It can also cause teeth shifting, which can change the shape of your mouth. Whether tooth loss is a result of periodontal disease, tooth decay, injury, or aging, replacing it is a good idea. This will improve your smile and resolve speech and eating problems. Due to the advanced technology, various tooth replacement options are increasing. A dentist may suggest dental implants or non-implant prostheses, depending on your needs. While dental implants are permanent teeth replacement options, non-implant prostheses may better fit your oral needs. Non-implant prostheses are non-invasive options for replacing one or multiple teeth. Are you considering a dental restorative treatment for your damaged, missing, or decayed teeth? At Geelan Dental Care, we offer non-implant prosthetic services to people of all ages.
Who Is A Good Candidate For Non-Implant Prostheses?
Non-implant prostheses help to replace teeth on the lower or upper jaw. In most cases, missing teeth can cause digestion issues due to difficulty biting and chewing. You may also experience arch displacement due to teeth shifting towards the empty socket. Therefore, you may be a good candidate for non-implant prostheses if you have one or more missing teeth. Unfortunately, tooth decay and gum disease can lower the success of non-implant prostheses. This is because the infection can progress, leading to further damage. Due to this, you may need to treat oral issues before considering tooth replacement procedures. In addition, if you have a weak jawbone and weak gums, non-implant prostheses such as dentures may slip when eating and talking. Hence, a dentist may recommend procedures such as bone grafts to add jawbone density. A deep cleaning may also be necessary to remove build-up below the gum line.
Common Non-Implant Dental Prostheses
Non-implant prostheses are available in two categories: removable and non-removable prostheses. Removable prostheses are affordable options for replacing teeth. You can remove the prostheses during teeth cleaning and sleeping to give your gums time to relax. Dentures are common types of removable prostheses. They feature artificial teeth and gums, which restore the lower or upper arch. While dentures are removable, you can use a permanent option where dental implants are used for permanent stability. Non-removable prostheses may include dental bridges, dental crowns, and veneers. Dental bridges aim to restore adjacent missing teeth. This tooth restoration option relies on healthy neighboring teeth for support. Another non-removable prosthesis is the dental crown. A dental crown fits over the tooth to cover damage caused by injury, cavities, and tooth decay. A dentist may also suggest a dental crown after treatments such as a root canal. Veneers are other ways to restore a damaged tooth. They involve a thin, natural-looking shell that improves the appearance of your teeth. It can also improve your chewing ability and support the strength of your jawbone. A dentist can suggest porcelain or ceramic veneers, depending on your needs. At Geelan Dental Care, we offer dental prosthetic services to help everyone improve their smiles and mouth function. Contact us today at (971) 323-1990 and learn more about our services.