You lost a tooth. The cosmetic dentist is ready to come to your rescue. Whether you had an injury or there's another reason for your tooth loss, you have a few different replacement options. The specific one you choose depends on your individual situation and needs, along with the dentist's professional opinion. Having a full set of teeth is doesn't just give you a super smile. It helps to keep the shape of your face and may make a difference in your overall health (especially when it comes to eating and nutrition). If you need to replace a lost tooth, check out your options.
This is a permanent option, in which your dentist fits a post (typically made from titanium) into your jaw bone. The bone will, over time, grow around the post. This makes the implant strong enough to stay put. After the post is in place, the dentist puts a crown on top. Even though this is an artificial tooth, a crown looks and feels just like what would naturally be there. Implants are options for single-tooth replacement as well as for patients who need multiple new teeth.
If you're not sure about a permanent option, removable dentures give you a natural look without the commitment. They also don't require dental surgery. This means dentures provide an easy option for patients who don't have enough jaw bone to hold an implant or simply don't want to have dental surgery. There are a few different denture options that you can choose from, depending on your needs. Full dentures provide exactly what the name suggests – full mouth coverage. These devices include an artificial pink gum area and artificial teeth, and are best for patients who have no teeth. If you still have some of your teeth, partial dentures have a gum and tooth area that is attached to a metal wire. The metal piece helps to anchor the denture to your existing teeth.
Tooth-Supported Fixed Bridge
Unlike implants, this somewhat permanent option isn't anchored into your jaw. The cosmetic dentist inserts a replacement (fake tooth that is custom-made for you) where your missing tooth should go. The crown is then anchored on both sides by attaching it the neighboring teeth. Crowns are then placed over the anchoring teeth. The finished product is fairly stable, and can last for many years.
Losing a tooth (or even a few) doesn't have to cause you stress. Whether you choose an implant, dentures, or a bridge, your cosmetic dentist has many options to fit your needs.