What are my options for replacing missing tooth?
If you have lost a tooth that is visible when you smile, you might not feel confident to smile. You might also think that if you lost a tooth that no one sees, it might not bother you much. However, this might still affect the way you look and how confident you feel. You might imagine that having a tooth replace maybe a complicating procedure. It’s not as complicated as you might imagine. Fortunately, missing teeth can be replaced.
Consequences of not replacing a missing tooth.
If a missing tooth is not replaced, over time, the tooth will shift towards the gap. This will cause your teeth to become misaligned; a conditioned called malocclusion. Not replacing a missing tooth can have physical and mental consequences. Even the loss your back tooth may cause your mouth to shift and affect the way you physically look. Not only does it cause misalignment, but you may have difficulty chewing and eating.
Tooth replacement options.
Depending on your treatment plan, your dentist may suggest implants, fixed bridges, or removable partial dentures.
Some patients may elect dental implants to replace a missing tooth. A dental implant is an artificial tooth root implanted in your jawbone. Often the material used for implants is made of titanium and other types of metal material. The implant is the base that will support a crown. Once completed, the artificial tooth will feel as sturdy as your natural tooth. To increase the longevity of an implant, you should see a dentist routinely, so that if any problems can be corrected.
A fixed bridge is the second type of dental prosthesis used to replace a missing tooth. Fixed bridges are used to fill in the gap between the lost tooth. The adjacent is used to provide teeth support. Once correctly put in place, the fixed bridge is permanently bonded into place. A well-placed bridge will feel and function just like your natural tooth. However, they will require care so that the adjacent tooth and bridge is clean.
Removable partial dentures
Just as a name implies, a partial denture will only be made to fill the missing tooth. The replacement tooth will be made to sit on a supporting base. The plastic base will cover a metal frame and attaches to your natural teeth. Partial dentures are easy to clean, but they may cause some discomfort on the gum.
If you have questions about replacing a missing tooth or considering tooth replacement options, please give California Dental Group at (800) 407-0161 to make your appointment