WHY ARE TEETH IMPORTANT
Our teeth play an significant role in our routine life. Teeth help us to chew and break down food, help in tasting and digestion. We can speak and pronounce words clearly with the help of teeth. Moreover, teeth support the cheeks and muscles of the face to give shape to our faces. Above all, a pleasant smile has a lot of invaluable benefits.
4 REASONS TO REPLACE TEETH?
Each tooth complements and supports adjacent teeth. The pressure and force of chewing are distributed between these teeth. However, when teeth are missing the equilibrium of force distribution is altered and teeth start to drift out of place and gaps appear between teeth. In effect, chewing becomes inefficient resulting in indigestion.
Secondly when teeth support to cheeks are lost, the cheeks and muscles of the face sag and people appear much older than they are.
The speech and smile can be affected leading to loss of self-confidence
Last but not the least, an imbalance in chewing forces can ultimately lead to jaw joint problems. Imagine walking on one leg, the entire weight of the body on one leg can ultimately lead to joint problems in that leg. Similarly chewing only on one side can lead to joint problems as well.
DIFFERENT OPTIONS FOR TEETH REPLACEMENT
There are several ways teeth can be replaced. It depends on the individual needs, affordability, remaining teeth, gum and bone support etc. People can choose from removable to semi-fixed to fixed. Each option has its own perks and risks.
HOW SAFE ARE REMOVABLE DENTURES?
While removable dentures are quick and easy to fabricate, they are not very comfortable to wear on a day-to-day basis. Ill-fitting and loose removable dentures can give rise to ulcers in the mouth. There have been multiple reports of denture accidents when people have swallowed their denture, which has got stuck in their throat with fatal consequences.
HOW DOES A BRIDGE REPLACE MISSING TEETH?
A bridge to replace missing teeth uses the same concept as a bridge over a river. Healthy and strong adjacent teeth are used as pillars of support to replace the missing teeth. The missing tooth is suspended from the adjacent healthy pillar teeth.
WHAT ARE DENTAL IMPLANTS?
The dental implant is a technique used to replace missing teeth. A dental implant is nothing but a titanium screw that is placed into the jaw bone. This screw-in effect acts as the root of the tooth on which a tooth can be placed.