The loss of your permanent teeth is never a very pleasant experience. Unfortunately, it’s one that happens more often than you would expect. Whether due to cavities, infection, injuries, accidents, old age, certain medications or gum disease, the loss of permanent teeth can lead to feelings of embarrassment, along with difficulty in communicating or even eating.
When you’ve lost a permanent tooth, or several permanent teeth, you want to find a way to replace them so you can once again eat and speak normally and feel comfortable with your appearance. Depending on your circumstances, there are three main ways to fight the loss of your permanent teeth.
The first option is to have a root canal performed and install a crown, which will leave the original tooth intact. However, it is not always an option, depending on your circumstances. If a crown isn’t the best option for you, another option is to consider dentures. Dentures are convenient because they can be put in and taken out daily. However, if you’re looking for a more natural-feeling solution, dental implants may be a better option for you. Dental implants rely on a post that is inserted into the gum, to which a tooth can be affixed. When you opt for dental implants, it appears that you have all your original teeth, even though you are missing a few.
Now that you know how crowns, dentures and dental implants compare to each other, you may have a better idea of which option you would prefer. When you are ready to replace those missing teeth, come in and visit us at Northern Horizon Dental. We promise to take good care of your teeth, so you can continue to live the life you enjoy, free from pain or embarrassment caused by the appearance of your smile.