If you have recently lost a tooth or have been missing one for a long time and are just tired of how its ruining your smile you’ve got several options. The thing you don’t want to do is nothing. Replacing a lost tooth is vital for maintaining maximum function, maintaining the alignment of the surrounding teeth and keeping your facial contours from altering.
The teeth are important place holders for each other and over time a missing tooth can allow the adjacent teeth to begin to drift to fill the space causing you more problematic issues in the future. Today we are going to discuss some of the more common options you have for a missing tooth and what factors are the most important in deciding which one will be right for you.
Undoubtedly the gold standard for any tooth replacement is a dental implant. A dental implant is a permanent synthetic dental root made out of titanium in which a crown is attached. The implant does require a healthy jawbone for implantation which can be problematic for some inpiduals but with bone grafts the population that can successfully undergo a dental implant procedure is quite large.
A fixed partial denture was the standard approach before implants became commonplace. A fixed partial denture is where the two teeth on either side of the missing tooth are crowned and the crowns support a false tooth or “pontic” which fits in the missing space in your smile.
A Removable Partial Denture is an artificial tooth anchored into plastic. It is attached to a metal clasp that hooks onto your adjacent natural teeth.
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