Losing a tooth can seem very traumatic – especially if it is one in the front of your mouth. Whether the tooth was lost due to an accident, gum disease, or a cavity doesn’t matter. A missing tooth drastically changes your oral function, aesthetics and dental health. In fact, it is just a matter of time before other teeth start moving and drifting, due to the change in support caused by the newly opened space.
Replacing your tooth is top priority, and here are 3 ways to go about it:
A Dental Implant
Implants are perfect to replace your missing teeth with a permanent restoration. Implants can support individual porcelain crowns, or even fixed dental bridges. Dental implants have the longest lifespan of any other dental restoration.
A Fixed Dental Bridge
Bridges are a simple way to replace one or two teeth, as long as there are healthy teeth adjacent to the missing one(s). They are permanently mounted on top of the adjacent teeth, with a false porcelain crown suspended between them. With proper care and maintenance, bridges can last for several years.
A Removable Partial
If you’re looking for a more economical option, or are planning in advance for additional dental work, a removable partial bridge is a smart choice. Removable bridges use prosthetic teeth mounted onto a retainer-like base that snaps in around your other teeth.
Choosing your tooth replacement can seem a bit overwhelming, especially when you think about how long it will last. Your dentist will work with you to help you identify the option that is best for your oral health and long term needs – don’t worry!
Posted on behalf of:
Mitzi Morris, DMD, PC
1295 Hembree Rd B202
Roswell, GA 30076
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