Missing Tooth: Three Replacement Options

Missing Tooth: Three Replacement Options

Posted by SmileFresh Dental on Nov 20 2020, 06:11 AM

Having a missing tooth can cause unwanted changes to your smile and appearance, with adverse effects on your bite, jawbone, and overall dental health. Fortunately, you can visit the dentist to fill the gap and restore normal dental functions. In this article, you will discover common options that you can consider for replacing your lost tooth.

Teeth replacement options

Tooth loss occurs due to different factors, with the most common ones being tooth decay and gum disease. For those who are missing one or more teeth on the jaw, some of the options available include:

Fixed bridges

A bridge is a fixed dental prosthesis that connects to the existing teeth closest to the missing tooth. Three bridge options are available, including traditional, cantilever, and Maryland. The traditional bridge, which is more common, has one or more false teeth (called a pontic) held together by two natural teeth (called abutments) on either side of the gap.

The two abutment teeth get a crown each to anchor the pontic in position. The process entails shaving down part of the natural teeth enamel to make room for the incoming crown. The traditional bridge is usually made from ceramic or porcelain fused to metal.

The cantilever bridge is like the traditional bridge, but it only gets support from one abutment tooth from one side. The Maryland bridge also called a resin-bonded bridge, connects the pontic tooth to abutment teeth via metal bands. This option is often used for front-row teeth. Unlike traditional and cantilever bridges, there is no need for crown placement.

Dental implants

Dental implants are titanium posts that are inserted into the jawbone as a replacement for missing tooth roots. After placement, the titanium fixture will integrate with the jawbone, after which the dentist will fix an abutment and a dental prosthesis like a replacement crown. The implant provides needed support for the dental prosthesis since it is embedded inside the jawbone.

Unlike traditional bridges, there is no need to modify existing teeth to support the replacement teeth. Dental implants also solve the issue of bone deterioration that occurs due to tooth loss. Despite costing more than other tooth replacement options, it is the most reliable, natural-looking, and long-lasting alternative available. Patients need to have healthy and strong jawbones to get implants.

Partial dentures

For those who prefer a removable and inexpensive replacement option, partial dentures are an option to consider. Partial dentures are made of false teeth and a gum-looking base supported by a metal structure. The denture frame fits in the gap and should blend with the rest of the smile. The dentist may use crowns or metal clasps to hold the denture in place.

Final note

If you have a missing tooth, you do not need to panic. The best option is to visit the dentist to discuss the options available to you. In most cases, the dental professional will perform a full assessment to that end and suggest the best way to restore the function and appearance of your smile.

Request an appointment here: https://www.smilefreshdentalauburnhills.com or call Smile Fresh Dental at (248) 260-2927 for an appointment in our Auburn Hills office.

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