Having missing teeth can make normal tasks such as eating or speaking difficult, but there are several tooth replacement options available to allow you to restore function and improve the appearance of the mouth. Learn more about what alternatives are available to patients and the potential benefits of each method.Depending on the situation and how…
3 Methods of Replacing a Missing Tooth
Having a missing tooth can make life difficult. Normal actions, such as eating, speaking, and smiling may not feel as easy to accomplish. Thankfully, modern-day dentistry has allowed for the evolution of multiple replacement options, all of which allow for a functioning and natural-looking artificial tooth. Continue reading to find out what options exist.
How a missing tooth is replaced
Outlined below are three different ways that a missing tooth can be replaced. This information can be helpful to individuals suffering from tooth loss.
Implant and crown
The most common way to replace a missing tooth is with a dental implant and crown combination. Dental implants are ideal for replacing teeth because they do more than just provide a replacement. A dental implant can stimulate the jawbone due to its chemical makeup. Jawbone stimulation keeps everything looking and functioning normally.
For a missing tooth, a single dental implant will be placed beneath the gums into the jawbone. After a period of healing and osseointegration, the dentist will attach an abutment to the implant. The abutment connects the dental implant to the permanent crown, which will be attached after being custom created.
Another option for a missing tooth is to replace it with a dental bridge. Bridges are small prosthetics that literally bridge the gap between two existing teeth. This custom-made piece holds a pontic for the missing tooth and two dental crowns, one on either side. The crowns fit right over the two natural teeth so the pontic can fill the empty space.
While dental bridges are ideal for replacement, they do not stimulate the jawbone, which could create some risk. Nonetheless, a bridge does take care of having a missing tooth without having to undergo oral surgery and a significant period of recovery.
Similar to bridges, partial dentures do not require oral surgery or a period of healing. Instead, the dentist will take impressions of the oral cavity, specifically where the missing tooth is located. After a few weeks of waiting on the dental lab, the partial denture can be put in.
Partial dentures are removable and do require constant care. They have to be cleaned a certain way in order to ensure long-lasting results. A special brush and soaking solution will be required for daily use.
Get started with tooth replacement
If you need to replace a missing tooth, it is best to consult with a dentist. An evaluation can be done to determine what type of replacement method is most suitable. To find out more or to get scheduled for an appointment, reach out today.
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