Having a missing tooth isn’t the news that an adult wants to hear. These days though, some different options allow you to have the beauty of real teeth as well as their functionality too. Here at Banker Dental, we offer a range of restorative and cosmetic options to meet your unique needs. Below we provide some general information about these. It’s important to remember that we’ll recommend the best option for your needs once we’ve examined your mouth.
Dentures might be the first option that comes to mind when you think about replacing a missing tooth, but they are far from being your only choice. Removable and available as a partial or full set — depending on if you’re missing only a few teeth or a whole mouthful — dentures can take some getting used to. Though dentures have come a long way regarding functionality and looks, there still might be other options that give you a more natural smile.
A dental implant is a two-piece solution that results in the fusing of the pieces with your natural bone. First, the implant is screwed into your bone after a small slit is made and an opening drilled. Typically performed using sedation or local anesthesia, this procedure should be relatively painless. Once the implant is placed, it often takes about four months before the second phase can be undertaken. At that time, a replacement tooth is fashioned and attached.
Not only does a dental implant look and function much like your natural teeth, but it also helps stimulate the growth of new bone and tissue. This can help preserve and extend the life of those teeth that are next to the missing one. Also, a dental implant can support a healthy jawbone.
Fixed Dental Bridge
If you have a single missing tooth, a fixed dental bridge is a common alternative solution to a dental implant. To prepare your mouth for such a dental bridge, the healthy teeth that are beside your missing tooth are ground to make a stable environment to attach the bridge. Unlike a dental implant, a fixed dental bridge doesn’t stimulate the growth of your natural bone.
An additional consideration with a fixed dental bridge that it is not removable. It is fused to the natural teeth that are adjacent to the missing tooth. This can make it difficult for you to floss effectively and leave the root surfaces around the dental bridge open to decay.
A resin-bonded bridge is sometimes an option for replacing a missing front tooth. Though it works much like a fixed dental bridge, this type of tooth replacement doesn’t typically require grinding of healthy teeth in preparation for its placement. You might also hear this type of bridge called a Maryland bridge.
At Banker Dental, we’re committed to offering you the restorative and cosmetic solutions that suit your lifestyle. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and discover your options for a beautiful smile!