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A tooth missing from your smile was cute when you were in third grade, but as an adult, it can be a really embarrassing problem with negative effects on your self-esteem. If you’re missing a tooth, there are many options now to help you regain your smile and your confidence.
Implants are the most common method to replace missing teeth. Whether you’re missing one or a few, these are a viable option for a very close replacement to your former tooth. Your dentist will implant a titanium post into the bone of the jaw, meaning your new tooth will be just as sturdy as the former one. Unfortunately, if you have bone disease or any sort of damage to your jaw, implants may not always be an option. Depending on what is weakening your bone, your surgeon might able to build the area up to support an implant. Diabetes may slow healing, as might regular tobacco use, so your dentist might recommend other options.
A bridge is the best option if you’re missing multiple teeth. Instead of being attached to bone, the prosthetic teeth are attached to the neighboring teeth. Bridges look very much like real teeth and have the feel and function of your former teeth. They don’t need to be removed to be cleaned and they are less cost prohibitive than implants are. An impression will be made of your adjoining teeth and sent to a lab for the prostheses to be made. In the meantime, your dentist from Brantford Mall Dental Office or a clinic near you will give you a temporary bridge to protect your exposed gums.
Removable Partial Denture
Unlike a full denture where the dentures replace your entire set of teeth, a partial denture just fits in the places of the missing teeth with a plastic base to match your gum color. The dentures will attach to your remaining teeth with some form of clasp. You’ll have to remove your dentures at night and clean them like you would a full set of dentures. These are a good option for you if your budget is very tight or you don’t want something permanent.
Resin Bonded Bridge
If you have lost a front tooth, a resin bonded bridge is a good option because the front tooth doesn’t endure the chewing action the back teeth do, thus not requiring such a strong bond. There are wings attached to the prosthetic tooth that affix to the back of the natural teeth. These aren’t as strong as a fixed bridge but suitable for the less-active front teeth.
You don’t have to suffer through the embarrassment of missing teeth. No matter your need, there are viable options to let you regain your beautiful smile.