Communicating without talking, quite often, still involves using the mouth. There’s no better way to express happiness or a joy of seeing someone then by flashing a great smile, but if you’re unfortunate enough to have lost some teeth you may be more inclined to keep your mouth firmly closed.
Whether it’s through injury, ill health, or even poor oral hygiene, there are a number of reasons why a person could lose a tooth and if you’re unlucky it’ll leave an unsightly gap in the front of your mouth where everyone can see. A trip to the dentist will give you a number of options to fill in this gap, ranging from a partial to permanent denture.
Partial dentures are perhaps the easiest and cheapest of the alternatives, and are the type of solution that most people think of when they visualise a denture. It’s a removable false tooth, which is secured in the mouth by use of a metal plate that clasps around other neighbouring teeth. These types of dentures can be uncomfortable and can work themselves loose especially when eating or talking.
If possible, permanent dentures are the type of denture to choose. The dentist will fix a titanium pin into the jaw bone which will act like the root of a healthy tooth. To this pin, a prosthetic tooth is attached which will be permanently secured into place. This practice can be used to replace a single tooth or a whole row of teeth, provide the dentist thinks that the jaw bone is strong enough to accept a pin being drilled into place for each tooth. The benefits of this type of denture are huge – as the tooth is securely fixed, it soon becomes just like any other tooth and the patient may forget it’s actually a denture.
This type of dental surgery isn’t often regarded as cosmetic surgery, but some people can choose to have a decorative tooth implanted instead. Some choose a tooth that’s made of gold, and some choose a prosthetic tooth that has a precious stone embedded into it. Cosmetic dentists do exist, and it is these sorts of procedures that they will perform.
A person often feels more confident within themselves with a full set of teeth, and through the use of permanent dentures dentists are often able to give their patients more than just a winning smile.
Dental implants may cost up to $4,000 each, but it’s impossible to put a price on the confidence and freedom that they give.