Let’s get serious – missing teeth can be both embarrassing and uncomfortable. Sure, pulling a tooth that’s not viable for a root canal may seem like a good idea (and it is in most cases) but very rarely is the thought of chewing functionality and presentability at play when this decision is made. Once the tooth is missing, whether by accident or dental health concerns, it’s missing – and that can be a challenging concept for anyone to deal with (emotionally and physically).
Types of Tooth Replacements
There are, of course, several reasons why you may need tooth replacement. You could be seeking improved eating functionality or simply want to rectify an embarrassing gap in your smile. And while doing your investigations (probably on Google or another search engine), you’re bound to discover that your tooth-replacement options include:
- Bridges (when there are viable teeth on each side)
- Crowns (if the tooth is still partially present)
With any of these options, several misconceptions come to the fore. Before deciding whether to go ahead with any of them, it’s best to put the misconceptions to bed. Making an educated decision will ensure that you have no regrets and aren’t confused or concerned during the tooth replacement process.
5 Misconceptions Surrounding Tooth Replacements
The process of replacing a tooth can be grueling. By the time you decide to do so, you’re probably already experiencing difficulty or discomfort chewing, and you may even be embarrassed by your appearance. Leaving either of these scenarios to drag on is simply not healthy for you. Unfortunately, the misconceptions surrounding tooth replacements may be holding you back from deciding to get it done. This article seeks to provide you with more information surrounding those misconceptions to demystify the process for you.
Below are five misconceptions you may have encountered and a few reasons why they shouldn’t hold you back.
- Implants aren’t always successful and sometimes result in bad reactions.
This concept is what has deterred millions of Americans from getting the implants they need. Implants nowadays are created from ceramic and titanium, both of which are chemically inert. This means that there is no risk of reaction with your bone or anchoring tissue, and to be honest, there are no known side effects of which to be wary.
- Dental implant surgery is a painful process.
If you suffer from dental anxiety or fear pain in general, the chances are that you’ve allowed the rumor of dental implant surgery being painful to put you off from getting the tooth replacement you need. The dental implant surgery itself is painless, and you shouldn’t expect to feel discomfort during treatment. Your dentist will use a local anesthetic, ensuring you feel nothing more than a little pressure and movement while the process is carried out. After the procedure, you can take pain medication to assist with the healing process. Implants may feel uncomfortable for a few days, but you won’t notice them at all after some time. So there’s nothing to fear when it comes to pain and dental implant surgery.
- Dental bridges don’t last long.
Just like anything in life, if you don’t take care of your bridges, they won’t last long. But if you take the time to care for and maintain them correctly, they can last longer than fifteen years. Proper oral hygiene is required to keep dental bridges in tip-top shape. This includes brushing twice a day ad flossing daily. It would be best to visit your dentist at least once every six months to ensure that your dental care is up to standard and that your bridges are in excellent condition.
- Implants can’t and don’t work with dentures.
If you’ve been investigating dentures, you probably know that they require an anchor tooth to be installed. This is true. There’s a common misconception that a tooth replacement with an implant cannot be used as an anchor tooth. This is incorrect. Implants can be paired with dentures for the perfect fit! The implant acts just like a natural tooth making it ideal as a denture anchor tooth.
- People will be able to tell that you have an implant.
You may worry that someone may notice you have a “fake” tooth. The truth is that dental technicians work hard to ensure that the new tooth looks almost identical to your other teeth. This means that they shape it correctly to fit in and ensure that the color perfectly matches the surrounding teeth. So unless you tell someone that you have a tooth replacement and point it out, people shouldn’t notice at all.
Benefits of Tooth Replacement
There’s only one thing left to consider: is it really worthwhile opting for tooth replacement, or should you leave a gap in your mouth? There are several benefits of tooth replacements you should be aware of before making this decision. These include:
- Aesthetic appeal– of course, you don’t want to be embarrassed by your appearance, and having a tooth replacement will ensure that you never have to be.
- Good speech– if you have poor-fitting dentures or a gap in your mouth, you may find that your speech is impeded. When you get a tooth replaced, you will speak and form your words as you always have.
- Comfortable chewing– if you have a gap in your mouth or even poor-fitting dentures, eating can become complicated and uncomfortable. With tooth replacement, eating becomes easier and more comfortable.
- Keep your smile the way it is– not many people know this, but your teeth may naturally migrate (or move) over time into a gap (if you have one). This could leave gaps in your front teeth, which may chip away at your self-esteem.
Replacing a tooth shouldn’t become something you agonize over. With advancements in the dental care world, there is every reason to believe that your dentist’s suggested tooth replacement route will be a good option for you. Consider your options with the above information in mind and make an informed decision about your smile!