Your smile is one of the first things people notice about you; especially if you work in a field where you do a lot of client interfacing. If, however, you just lost a tooth either because of an infection or injury, then your smile may not say what you want it to about yourself. With several options that can restore your smile, however, you shouldn't have to live without your missing tooth for very long.
One of the most popular options that patients choose to help restore a missing tooth is a dental implant. Dental implants are popular for a variety of reasons including that they give patients a more permanent solution to having a missing tooth. With a dental implant (and as the name suggests), this prosthesis will be surgically implanted into your gums which means that it can't move which gives you the ability to chew more comfortably without having to worry about it falling out or coming loose. After the implant has healed properly inside of your gums, your dentist will place a dental crown over the top of it. A dental crown is basically a cap that's placed over your tooth (or implant in this case), which will act as your actual tooth.
Typically, dental bridges are only used for patients who have several missing teeth. If you fit into that category, then you may be the perfect candidate for this option. With dental bridges, your dentist will place a series of artificial teeth either over the top of existing teeth or over the top of an implant. Because a dental bridge needs an anchor on either side, if you have a missing tooth on one side, then you will need a dental implant to support the bridge.
Another option that patients have to choose from is partial dentures. Partial dentures are essentially an artificial tooth that's affixed to a retainer. This is an option that tends to be a lot more affordable and it still gives patients a restored smile. The only downfall about it is that you will have to wear the retainer at all times which may feel like more of an annoyance than anything.
With these three options, you are bound to find a solution to fix your missing tooth. Just remember that it's better to have it fixed sooner rather than later so that your teeth don't start shifting around.Share
12 November 2019
Being born with naturally soft teeth, I've spent a lot of time in and out of the dentist's office. Not only have I learned a lot about basic dental care, I've also discovered many tips for dealing with broken teeth, extractions, implants, and more. I decided that I wanted to make the most of my experience by sharing what I've learned with others. True first-hand experience is a great teacher, and I knew that my story could help. I created this site to do just that, and I hope that the information here helps you to understand what to expect from your dental problems.