A missing tooth can result from tooth decay, external trauma, gum disease, or genetic conditions. Regardless of the reason for the tooth loss, a missing tooth can change the aesthetics of a smile, affect the alignment of the teeth, and lead to several problems in the future if it isn't restored. Furthermore, it can affect a person's overall oral health, speech, ability to chew food and self-confidence. A missing tooth can also affect the integrity of your jawbone and cause the shifting of teeth into empty spaces.
Nowadays, various options are available to replace a missing tooth to restore your beautiful smile, including dental implants and dentures.
Dental implants are one of the common permanent solutions for replacing a single or several missing teeth. Implants are replacement tooth roots that give a strong foundation for fixed or removable replacement teeth. They provide support for the placement of crowns, bridges, or dentures.
Implants are metal rods surgically inserted into the jawbone, which will serve as the anchor for the prosthetic tooth placed on its top. After inserting the screws in place, the site is allowed to heal for a few months. Once the implant fuses to the jawbone and the implant get completely healed, the dental crown or the prosthetics is placed on its top and secured.
Dental bridges are permanent, false teeth held securely by abutment teeth on either side to replace one or more missing teeth. They help bridge or close the gap in the mouth caused by the missing teeth. They are custom-made as per the patient's requirements to mimic the natural teeth' appearance, form, and functionality.
Though dental bridges can be fabricated using various materials, porcelain are the most preferred option to blend in with the natural teeth aesthetically.
Every tooth replacement option has its share of advantages and disadvantages.
If you are looking to restore your missing tooth, our experienced dental professionals at Healthy Smiles Dental Care, Hialeah, FL, can help you weigh based on your needs. Call us at (786) 345-2040 or schedule an appointment online.