What Are Your Options for Addressing a Missing Tooth?

Do you have a tooth that is missing and you're unsure how to fix it? If so, it helps to know your options so you can pick the one that is best for you.

Do Nothing

Know that you don't have to fix a missing tooth, since you always have the option to do nothing. There are pros and cons to doing nothing, which all depends on the tooth that needs to be replaced. You likely will want to replace a missing front tooth that is visible to others for cosmetic reasons. However, you may decide that a rear molar is not worth it for you to replace. It depends on your specific situation.

Dental Bridge

A dental bridge is an option that requires placing a cap on the surrounding teeth that holds the artificial tooth in place. One of the biggest benefits of getting a dental bridge is that the procedure can be done relatively quickly compared to other procedures, which means you'll have a restored smile that looks great. 

The problem with a dental bridge is that it does require modifying the surrounding teeth that are likely healthy. Those surrounding teeth need some of their structure removed to put a crown on top of it. Once that is done, know that the tooth is modified forever and cannot be restored to how it once was. If you end up having a problem with the teeth that hold the bridge in place, it could require replacing the bridge. 

Partial Denture

Dentures are not just for people that have lost all of their teeth. It is possible to get a partial denture for a single tooth. The denture would have a soft plate that rests against the top or bottom of your mouth and do a relatively good job at concealing the missing tooth. Be aware that you can have gum loss in that area over time since nothing is stimulating the jaw bone to keep it healthy.

Dental Implant

The ideal solution may be a dental implant, which replaces the missing tooth with a titanium post that stimulates an actual tooth root. The tooth ends up being a permanent structure of your mouth that is not going to come out and can be treated just as if it was a natural tooth. It is the preferred solution by many dentists and will keep the remaining teeth healthy. It doesn't depend on the health of the surrounding teeth, and will not contribute to bone loss in the area. Contact a dentist if you have questions about dental implants.

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