If you have missing teeth, it’s natural to feel embarrassed about the way your smile looks. Even if the missing tooth is further back in your mouth, it can impact your speech and how you eat. Gradually, your other teeth start to move out of place and look crooked. Replacing it in a timely manner can save you the trouble of multiple dental visits later on.
But when it comes to tooth replacement, there are typically two categories of treatments to choose from: fixed prosthetics that stay in place at all times, and removable prosthetics that come in and out for home care purposes.
Benefits of Fixed Prosthetics
Examples of fixed prosthetics include dental implants and bridges. Each of these restorations is permanently fixed in place for added stability and aesthetics. However, you need to have adequate healthy bone and adjacent teeth, depending on which option you choose. While a procedure like dental implants is a bit more of an initial investment than a partial denture, it has the potential to last for the rest of your life.
Benefits of Removable Prosthetics
Dentures and partial dentures are some of the most commonly used removable prosthetics. These prostheses are removable so that you can easily clean them at the end of each day. Most people opt for removable prosthetics because of their affordability. In most cases, we can customize the appearance of your denture or partial so that it resembles a more natural appearance that compliments your appearance. The challenge is becoming accustomed to eating and speaking clearly with your new prosthesis.
Still have questions? Wilmington Dental Group will be happy to meet with you to discuss how each option can impact your specific smile needs. Call our Wilmington dentists today to find out which one is right for you!