If a person loses a tooth that shows when he or she smiles, it’s very likely that that person will see a dentist as soon as possible to replace the missing tooth and complete their smile. However, when a patient loses a tooth that doesn’t show, he or she may not realize that it is very important to replace that tooth, as well. When a tooth is lost, surrounding teeth can shift positions to fill the gap and the area is more susceptible to decay. Whether you are missing one or more teeth, your dentist will be able to recommend a number of tooth replacement options.
Dentures have earned a bad reputation for being uncomfortable and inconvenient, but the truth is that modern dentures are light years away from the dentures of your grandparents’ days: they look more natural, fit better, and are much easier to care for.
Dental implants are the most permanent way to replace one or more missing teeth, but they are also the most expensive method and they require the greatest investment of a patient’s time. Implants are artificial tooth roots that are surgically implanted into the jaw and topped with artificial teeth. Implants are permanent and only require a good oral hygiene routine.
If a patient is missing one or a few teeth but is not a good candidate for dental implants, his or her dentist may recommend a dental bridge. A bridge is a replacement tooth or teeth that are held in place by a dental crown on the adjoining teeth.
Sports injuries, accidents, infection, and other traumas can lead to missing teeth that need to be replaced promptly to ensure proper oral health and function. If you have lost one or more teeth, there are many tooth replacement options available to you. To learn more about these options and which may be best for your unique needs, contact your dentist to schedule a consultation.
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For a number of reasons, it’s very important to replace teeth that have been lost, extracted, or knocked out. Learn about tooth replacement options by contacting your dentist today.