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Losing or breaking a tooth can be devastating. You might wonder if your smile will ever look the same again. You might also wonder if there are replacement options that are natural enough to replace or repair the tooth, that won’t seem so obvious. The good news is that modern dentistry has come a long way and has excellent options for patients that wish to restore their smiles due to tooth loss.
Tooth Replacement Options
Which replacement option is best for you will depend on where your tooth is lost, how many teeth need to be replaced, and what your budget looks like? There are a variety of options available, and your dentist can fit you for the right one for your specific needs and financial situation.
For those that have broken a tooth, but it still has enough of the tooth left to salvage, a crown can be an excellent fit. These fit directly over the broken tooth to mimic the appearance of your natural tooth. Crowns can be used as restorations for cosmetic dentistry, or to prevent further damage or infection from occurring.
Bridges can be either removable or fixed in place. These are ideal for those missing one or two teeth in the same location. Bridges aren’t used for missing teeth at different locations on the arch, top, or bottom. They are placed by your dentist and depend highly on the health and condition of the adjacent teeth. When fixed, the bridges will be secured to the neighboring teeth and use these as support. The downside to bridges is that they could affect the condition of your healthy teeth.
When missing multiple teeth or an entire arch, your dentist may recommend dentures for a replacement. Dentures are an excellent option for anyone with missing teeth. They are removable, easy to clean, and not so rough on the pocketbook. Dentures are made from molds taken from your mouth. This allows the dentist to get the best fit for you, and is personalized for your oral health needs. The benefits of having dentures when missing multiple teeth can include the prevention of alignment issues or the deterioration of other teeth.
Last but certainly not least, dental implants have made huge strides in the previous years. As the latest addition to the dental field for restorative dentistry, dental implants provide a natural look that is more comfortable for the wearer. Dental implants can be customized based on how many teeth are lost, where they’re lost using implant-supported devices. These devices are similar to dentures, crowns, and bridges. The biggest difference is how they are attached. Dental implants are surgically installed posts that can connect with implant-supported devices using an abutment. There are very few downsides to dental implants. When installed by an experienced dental professional, the success rates are typically higher than 98%.
Why Should You Have Dental Restorations?
If you’ve been putting off having a dental restoration, now is a great time to consider visiting your dentist. Dental restorations, including crowns, bridges, dentures, and dental implants, can significantly improve the look and function of your smile. Not only can It allow you to eat and speak easier, but you may also prevent further damage from happening to your smile. In cases where teeth are missing, it is not unfounded to have other teeth shift, causing alignments to be off, and tooth decay to form and be more prevalent.
To learn more about tooth extractions, tooth replacements, and smile makeovers, visit Edgerton and Glenn DDS online today.