Restore your smile with these tooth replacement options
Let’s face it, losing a tooth is a devastating experience! Tooth decay, gum disease, or an unexpected accident can all lead to the loss of one or more teeth. There are several treatment options available to replace a missing tooth and return your smile to normal.
A dental implant is a tiny screw set into the jaw bone that will become the base for a crown. The crown, made of porcelain, is not only durable and will last for a long time, but is comfortable. The implant itself is permanent, will not interfere with other teeth and is simple to care for. On the downside, a dental implant is expensive and a procedure is necessary to set the screw.
If there is a healthy tooth on either side of the missing tooth, a dental bridge is an option. The two teeth, which will become the anchors for the bridge, are first shaped into posts and then fitted with crowns. A replica tooth will then be positioned between and then attached to both crowns. This procedure creates a permanent bridge that is durable, simple to clean and blends seamlessly with natural teeth. From time to time, tooth decay can affect one or both of the teeth acting as an anchor. In that case, a dental implant can take the place of the affected tooth.
When there is more than one tooth missing, a partial denture would be an affordable choice. After molds and measurements are complete, replica teeth will then be precisely positioned in a flexible material that resembles the gums. Various attachments hold the partial in place, but since it is not permanent, the denture can slip around and become uncomfortable. In addition, daily removal for cleaning is necessary to help prevent the build-up of bacteria and to dislodge any food particles that became caught up underneath the denture.
Even though it is never in our plans to lose a tooth, we can take comfort in knowing that there are options available.
If you have any questions regarding what options are available for replacing a missing tooth, please feel free to contact us at our south Denver dental office.