Teeth can be a major headache from when they first start to appear, during teething. As you grow older you can experience issues such as crooked teeth and toothache. You may get to the point where you are just sick of them altogether and you want to have your teeth removed.
There are two questions that you need answers to if you are considering this as an option; is this really the best choice to make and what options do you have for replacing teeth once they are removed? We are going to a look at these two questions in this article.
Repair is usually the best option
Let’s start by saying that repair is usually a better option than having all of your teeth removed. There are arguments for and against the removal of multiple teeth, but it’s usually a good idea to repair damaged or decayed teeth if repair is possible. After all, nature provides you with your own teeth for chewing and eating, and nature usually knows best. Treatments such as dental fillings can help to preserve your teeth.
When teeth have to be removed
There are times when tooth extraction is the best, or only, option. Sometimes all your teeth will need to be removed if they are in a bad condition, and/or if maintaining dental hygiene is an issue for you. Sometimes only one or two teeth will need to be removed. If tooth extraction is appropriate, you need to consider your options for replacing the missing teeth.
There is advice available, if you are faced with wearing dentures for the first time. One thing that it’s important to note is that dentures are not intended to mimic the full function of natural teeth. It can be difficult to chew food when you have dentures as they often move around. This can limit the amount of different foods that you can really enjoy eating. It’s also important to realise that dentures need to be removed and cleaned every night.
Another problem that starts to happen, when dentures are used to replace natural teeth, is that gums start to shrink as they no longer have teeth in place to help them keep their shape. This can lead to a “saggy” facial appearance. It’s easy to see that dentures are not an ideal solution to replace missing teeth, although wearing them is far better than having bare gums, for most people.
Dental implants are the preferred choice as a replacement for missing teeth, for many people. Having a dental implant treatment means that you can avoid the erosion of your gums. This is because dental implants are placed into the jaw where they fuse with the bone. They literally replace your natural teeth, so your gums are able to keep their shape.
You can choose to have all of your teeth replaced by implants, or you can look at options which make use of just a few implants which are used in conjunction with an “over denture” which, unlike traditional dentures, is permanent. These all-on-4 dental implants are a popular choice for people who are looking for a way of replacing their natural teeth that works better than dentures but is more affordable than a multitude of single implants.
Talking to your dentist about your options
If you are really having problems dealing with your teeth, you should speak to your dentist. They, together with the hygienist, can give you advice about how to care for teeth, which may make the whole process less stressful for you. They will also talk you through your options, when it comes to dental care.
If there is a need to remove all, or some, of your teeth, your dentist will discuss the procedure with you. They will also talk to you about the best option for replacing your teeth. This varies from person to person as dental implants are not suitable for everyone. Once you have had this discussion, you can progress with the course of treatment that has been agreed.
The team at the Neem Tree is used to talking to people about the issues they are having with their teeth. You can book an appointment for an examination and to talk to a professional about whether tooth extraction is the best choice for you. You can also talk to them about the way forward, and how to replace your teeth, should they need to be removed.