If you lost a tooth due to extensive decay, infection, or trauma, then you may wonder just what your tooth replacement options are. Thankfully, there are many ways a cosmetic dentist can replace a single missing tooth, so there is likely a solution that is perfect for you.
Read on to learn about the three most popular options for single tooth replacement and how they work.
Dental implants are the optimal single missing tooth replacement option. After your dentist replaces your missing tooth with a dental implant, you will look and feel like you have your natural tooth back.
To install a dental implant, your dentist will first insert a post into your jaw that will act as a replacement for the original tooth’s root. Then, he or she will attach a false tooth called a pontic to the implant post.
Your dental implant will stay in your mouth permanently and can be cared for just as if it were a natural tooth.
A Composite Bridge
There are several types of dental bridges, and composite bridges are great options when just a single tooth needs to be replaced. Unlike a traditional bridge that would require the two teeth adjacent to the missing tooth to be prepared and crowned to help them support the pontic that will replace the missing tooth, little to no preparation of these adjacent teeth is needed when your dentist installs a composite bridge.
While composite bridges can vary slightly in design, many consist of a false tooth and two composite “wings” that are simply adhered to the backsides of the two teeth adjacent to the missing tooth.
Like dental implants, a composite bridge will stay in your mouth permanently and will not need to be removed at night.
A Removable Bridge
If you would like a tooth replacement option that you can remove any time you would like to, such as when you are sleeping at night, then a removable bridge is the best tooth replacement option for you.
Removable bridges are also often called removable partial dentures, so don’t become confused if you hear the two terms used interchangeably. They not only enhance the cosmetic appearance of your smile, but also help you chew your food properly while you are eating.
A removable partial denture to replace one tooth would be made of one false tooth, or pontic, a partial pink acrylic denture palette, and anchors that attach the denture to your existing teeth when you are wearing it.
This is also a good option if you would like a temporary tooth replacement device to wear until you make the final decision as to which permanent tooth replacement option is best for you.
If you are missing one tooth, then realize that there are many single tooth replacement options today that can help you begin to love your smile again. Contact our Port Washington cosmetic dental office today to schedule your consultation!