March 9, 2015
When you were a child, losing a tooth was pretty exciting! Your parents and family celebrated with you, and you might have even tucked that tooth under your pillow in hopes that the tooth fairy would come along and exchange your tooth for some money!
If only losing a tooth was that much fun as an adult! Unfortunately, it’s just not the case. Losing a tooth as an adult means feeling uncomfortable when you smile, not being able to eat the foods you love, and facing the cost of a dental restoration!
Our patients are regularly coming to us with questions and concerns about the importance and possibilities for replacing missing teeth, which is why we wanted to take some time today to put together the information you are looking for.
We’ll begin with information about why your tooth needs to be replaced in the first place, but we’ll also talk about your options for restoring your tooth. Let’s get started!
Why Does it Need to Be Replaced?
Leaving a gap in your smile is a possibility, but it’s a very poor decision to make for yourself. There are both physical and psychological ramifications for that decision. The rest of your teeth might suffer from misalignment as they ease into the empty space. On top of that, chewing food is much more difficult when you have a large gap!
As for the psychological effects, researchers completed a study that found that people who were missing one or more teeth were more likely to become depressed or to suffer from anxiety!
A missing tooth needs to be replaced, but what is the best way to do that? That’s what we want to talk about next!
Choosing Between a Bridge and an Implant
What is a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge is a dental appliance made up of three conjoined pieces. There are two crowns with a false tooth being held in the middle. We will place the crowns on the teeth adjacent to the gap which will support the bridge and hold the false tooth in place.
Benefits: Bridges used to be the only option, which has made them a very popular choice. They don’t require any type of surgery and are less expensive than other restoration options.
Issues: Bridges are not good for the health of your surrounding teeth, and they are not permanent. Most bridges will need to be replaced within the first 15 years.
Want to know more about bridges? Check out our brief informative video about dental bridges. Click HERE.
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a small titanium post that we insert into your jawbone to create a false tooth root. We then attach a crown to the top of the implant to complete the restoration of your missing tooth.
Benefits: A dental implant is completely permanent and replaces the entire missing tooth from root to crown! It is self-sufficient and does not put your other teeth at risk for damage.
Issues: Some patients fear the implant procedure, but our patients let us know that it is no more painful than a filling. It is also the more expensive option because it is truly permanent.
If you would like to hear more about our implant procedure, click HERE to watch a short video about dental implants!
Learn More at a Consultation!
Missing an adult tooth is something that needs to be addressed right away. We don’t want our patients to suffer with gaps in their smiles when we have solutions right here in the office!
Contact us today to set up a consultation or exam where we can discuss your options together! You can learn more about the process and find out which solution is best for your smile! We hope to see you soon!