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What to do About a Missing Tooth
Thinking your one missing tooth does not need to be replaced? While you may think missing just one tooth is not a big deal, it really is. According to the American Dental Association, with today’s advances, you do not have to suffer from missing teeth. You even have choices for which tooth replacement option is going to work ideally for you.
Your next step is learning more about these replacement options.
Why tooth replacement is so important
Learning the reasons for a missing tooth will help you avoid losing any teeth in the future. Every single one of your teeth plays a very important role, and when just one of them is missing, oral problems will occur. These problems include but are not limited to a loss of jawbone, a shifting of teeth, bad bites, difficulty chewing and difficulty talking.
While you may not experience one or more of these problems right away, they will eventually happen. When they do, you will require more dental work to make your mouth healthy once again.
What to about a missing tooth
The following is a list of three of the more common dental restoration options available today that dental patients can choose as their tooth replacement option.
1. Dental implants
A dental implant is a tooth replacement option that looks and acts just like a natural tooth. This is due to the implant being surgically inserted into a patient's jawbone, which means it will act just like a natural tooth. The dental crown placed over the implant is custom-made, which means it will look just like a natural tooth. This permanent tooth replacement option is growing in popularity due to its ability to resemble a natural tooth.
2. Dental bridges
A dental bridge is a dental appliance that replaces a missing tooth by creating a custom-made false tooth that is held in place by the adjacent teeth. Both fixed and removable dental bridges are available. The false tooth therefore stays exactly where it is supposed to via crown placement or clasps.
While both options work well, fixed dental bridges are more stable.
3. Removable partial dentures
A removable partial denture includes the replacement tooth and is made using different dental materials. They stay in place due to a clasp that allows them to be securely attached to the remaining teeth. Removable partial dentures are easy to put into and take out of the mouth, making them a popular choice for patients who are missing only one of their teeth.
Ready to replace your missing tooth?
No matter the reason for your missing tooth, with decay, disease and injury being the most common reasons, you need to replace your missing tooth as soon as possible. With today’s modern dental advances, it will be difficult to see the differences between your new tooth and the rest of your teeth. Since your mouth is designed to work properly with a full set of teeth, today is the day for you to take action.
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