4 Ways to Replace a Tooth

4 Ways to Replace a Tooth


Let’s face it, accidents happen and it’s quite unfortunate when someone loses a tooth. Luckily for us, with new modern cosmetic dentistry procedures there are a couple of options to replace it. Here are five of the most common ways to replace a tooth!


Removable Partial Denture


If you were to lose a tooth a majority of people would agree they wouldn’t want it to be their front teeth. A removable partial denture, which is typically worn during the day, can replace one or many missing teeth. Depending on which teeth need replacing, the partial denture may need a metal clasp to stay in the mouth. This metal clasp will be shown when a individual speaks or smiles. Other disadvantages include: removable partial dentures can shift in one’s mouth while speaking or eating causing them to feel uncomfortable. The positives of removable partial denture is the fact that there is no need to file down any teeth so this option is the most affordable.


Temporary Denture


This is a short-term solution for a missing tooth. Temporary dentures are also known as “flippers” because it flips in and out easily. This procedure is recommended when the tooth will be restored in the future with a different cosmetic technique such as a bridge or an implant. These are similar to a removable partial denture, but the structure is less bulky, less sturdy and less expensive. Flippers can only be used if the surround teeth allow it to.


Dental Implant


The implant is probably the most recommended solution to a missing tooth. An implant will feel and acts the most like a natural tooth when eating, brushing and smiling. The implant will replace the root of the missing tooth and heals in the bone for 2-4 months. An abutment, which will later be placed with a crown, is installed. The advantage s of implants are that no other teeth need to be alter prior to installment and the fact that when smiling no one can tell that it’s fake. Another option if this isn’t for you are veneers


Do Nothing


When a tooth is removed the bone eventually melts away with the other teeth in the area. This will result with the possibility of the other teeth shifting over to fill the gap. Unfortunately, this can create difficult places to floss and brush.

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