Your dentist will recommend filling the gap through a tooth replacement shortly after a tooth extraction to avoid other teeth from drifting into the space. There are a number of options for tooth replacement in Toronto, each with its own advantages and disadvantages.
Dental implants are the most popular option for tooth replacement, being that they are the most natural-looking, durable, and stable. As the implant is inserted into the jawbone, it stimulates bone growth and avoids bone loss. Although implants have high upfront costs, they can last a lifetime, meaning they tend to offer a good value for money.
The second most common option, a fixed bridge takes much less time to fit than an implant and there is no need for surgery. The biggest disadvantage is that the procedure requires some destruction of healthy teeth — to fit the bridge, your dentist will need to grind down your teeth on either side of the gap.
Removable Partial Dentures
Removable partial dentures replace a number of teeth. You have the option to attach the removable teeth using clasps or connectors. The latter appear more natural but are more expensive. When you first receive your partial dentures, they will likely feel uncomfortable, but you will become accustomed to the sensation over time. You will also need to dedicate some practice to removing the dentures at night and inserting them in the morning.
If you are missing all your teeth, you may like to opt for complete dentures. You can receive immediate dentures, made before your dentist removes your teeth, to eliminate the waiting period after extraction. However, the dentures will likely need many adjustments as your mouth heals and changes shape. This makes immediate dentures a good temporary solution but conventional dentures a better permanent option.