A missing tooth is painful, inconvenient and uncomfortable – anyone who has had one knows this all too well. Now, it can be tempting to panic and take the first bit of advice that’s thrown at you when you find yourself missing a tooth, but as with any big decision this is not the best way to go about things. Instead, consider your options and take a look at what option for teeth replacement might be best for you. Here are five ways to replace your missing tooth, and their benefits…
Dental implants are great for replacing a gap in your smile. These look and feel the most natural, plus you’re not going to notice them when you’re caring for your teeth, eating, drinking or having a good chat. The lifestyle interruption can be the biggest annoyance when it comes to replacing teeth, so if this is a big issue for you then getting a dental implant is the way to go. The implant goes beyond just replacing the crown, it actually replaces the root and heals to your bone, after this process has been successfully undergone, a crown is then fitted leaving you with a replacement that almost feels exactly like the real thing!
This is your option if you’re looking for something that is comfortable, versatile and removable. You’ll only wear these during the day, so you should be happy with not having any replacements when you sleep. You might need clasps to attach your dentures to your mouth. When your dentures are out it is essential that you don’t let them dry out. This is a cost effective option and great for those with multiple missing teeth.
Temporary dentures are the perfect solution for, you guessed it, the short term. If you find yourself with a missing tooth, in a big panic, and you’re not quite sure of what option you want to go for but you still don’t want to mill around with a gap in your smile, then this could be a really good choice for you. They seamlessly flip in and out of your mouth in a pain free and simple manner. These are akin to partial dentures but they don’t have to be clasped in and they are only temporary. None of your other teeth will be interrupted.
Implant Supported Denture
This type of denture is attached to your mouth and is supported by implants. These are different from your regular removable dentures, as they fit onto your implants using a special attachment – this gives you firm support and more stability than the traditional denture option. This is a two step process, primarily your dental professional will place implants into your jaw bone, next (once the healing process has fully completed) they will fit your custom dentures.
Bridges come in close second to implants as the preferred means of replacing a single tooth. This works in groups of three, meaning that the two teeth on either side of the gap in your smile will be fitted with crowns, bridging the way for a replacement tooth in the free space in-between them. This is fixed, which basically means that you don’t have to ever worry about dislodgement, removing at nighttime or what happens during mealtimes. This is a good option if you really need a tooth replacement immediately and you don’t have all that much disposable income to play with. They are cost effective and quick to fit.