Have you experienced tooth loss? Whether it’s thanks to trauma, decay, disease, or an extraction, plenty of people are missing at least one tooth. If your missing tooth is highly visible, you may be concerned about the aesthetic of your smile. Additionally, a missing tooth can put your oral health at risk, not to mention its possible impact on day-to-day activities like eating and speaking.
But even if you want to fill that gap, what’s the best way to do so? There are a few different options for replacing a missing tooth. Read on to find out which choice makes the most sense for your needs.
You may think dentures are just for people who are all out of teeth, but actually they can replace anywhere from one to all of your teeth, depending on your needs. Speaking of denture-related misconceptions, you also shouldn’t worry too much about dentures being uncomfortable, unreliable, or unnatural-looking. Denture technology has come a long way, and today’s models are secure, attractive, and can even do the work of a face lift without the surgery.
Dentures are removable, of course, which could be good or bad depending on what you’re looking for.
If you’re only missing one tooth, a dental bridge may be a good option. This solution utilizes a fake tooth held in place by the neighboring teeth. Bridges look natural and aren’t removable, so they won’t slip out of place when you eat or talk. However, a bridge can be difficult to clean around, and it relies on the strength of the teeth on either side of the gap — so if your teeth aren’t strong enough, or can’t handle additional stress, a bridge may not be the best solution. Additionally, since a dental bridge is a surface level solution, it doesn’t stimulate the jaw bone the way that your natural tooth’s root did, which can eventually lead to loss of bone density and weakening of nearby teeth.
If you’re looking for a permanent solution, there’s no better option than dental implants. Implants sound scary, but the modern implant has been in use since the 1960s, making the titanium implant one of the most tried-and-true procedures in the dental world. And thanks to developments in implant placement, the healing process has become relatively easy.
Here’s how it works: A titanium screw acts as the “root” for your new tooth. It is implanted into your jaw bone, where it can osseointegrate with the bone material, giving your new implant all the strength and durability that a real tooth has. Then, a crown will be placed on top, custom made to match your natural teeth for the ultimate natural look.
Since dental implants behave just like your own teeth, you won’t have to change your diet, your oral hygiene routines, or any other habits. Plus, when well cared for, dental implants can last decades before needing to be replaced.
If you’re ready to replace a missing tooth, you have options. Call élan at (918) 528-3330 or contact us online to make an appointment and talk to an experienced dentist about the best tooth replacement procedure for you.