Having a missing tooth can make you feel embarrassed or self-conscious. Fortunately, there are a variety of solutions to replace a tooth that can be done quickly and will be indistinguishable from a natural tooth. Every case will be different, and it is best to speak with a dentist to find out what options will work best for you. These are 3 of the best ways to replace a missing tooth or teeth.
A dental implant is often the best solution for someone looking to replace a missing tooth. Dental implants are a long lasting solution and don’t need to be bonded to other teeth. They are custom designed by your dentist to match the color and shape of your other teeth. To the untrained eye they will appear to be natural teeth.
Because an implant is titanium and anchored to the jaw bone, it is likely the most durable option for tooth replacement. An implant can replace a single tooth or several, as its titanium post can act as an anchor for one or multiple teeth.
It is important to let your dentist know about any health issues before receiving a dental implant. A candidate for a dental implant is in good health with a strong jawbone and gums. Like normal teeth, an implant requires proper care and maintenance. You will have follow-up appointments with your dentist to monitor your implant.
A bridge is another way to replace one or more missing teeth. Adding a bridge is normally quicker and doesn’t necessarily require a surgical procedure. A bridge uses existing teeth to support the replacement tooth or teeth. The surrounding teeth will have crowns added and need to be slightly altered.
Unlike dentures, a bridge requires a dental procedure to be removed. Like a dental implant the false tooth that is added will be custom designed to look like a natural tooth. This includes shape, color, and size.
For many, dentures are a good way to replace missing teeth. Dentures are not fixed to other teeth or implanted. Dentures can be partial (containing one or more false teeth) or full (containing all teeth in a set). With dentures, a mold of your palate is produced and can interlock with existing teeth or gums.
Since dentures are not permanently attached, they can feel loose and require some time for the wearer to become accustomed to them. The muscles in the mouth need time to adjust in order to hold the dentures properly.
Dentures also require a unique cleaning routine, as they need to be removed and cleaned daily. This will help reduce the buildup of plaque and bacteria.
Want to Know More?
Like with all dental procedures, the best way to find out what tooth replacement option would work best for you is to consult your dentist. The dentists at Raleigh Comprehensive and Cosmetic Dentistry have the knowledge and skills to provide you with a tooth replacement option that you’ll love. If you would like more information about your tooth replacement options or any of our other dental services, contact us today.