What Remedies Are Available for a Missing Tooth?

Is there a gap in your smile where you used to have a tooth? It happens more often than you think.

Up to 20% of adults are missing one or two teeth congenitally. Meanwhile, other people end up losing a tooth or two due to an accident in life.

If you have a missing tooth you have plenty of options available.

Restore your smile with one of these remedies for missing teeth!

1. Dental Implants

A dentist can custom-design an artificial dental implant to replace a natural tooth root. Dental implants are inserted into the jawbone. There, they can support a restorative or replacement crown, bridge, or denture.

Dental implants are durable and permanent. There’s also minimal maintenance required besides good oral hygiene practices and regular cleanings. Implants also feel comfortable and natural.

This is the best option if you’re missing a tooth in order to prevent jawbone loss. This option is sometimes the most expensive tooth replacement solution. However, it’s also among the most cost-effective, since it’s a long-lasting treatment. 

2. Removable Complete or Partial Dentures

If you have one missing tooth, a removable partial denture can help. This involves fitting metal clasps over your existing teeth to hold the denture in place. Removable complete dentures, on the other hand, rest on top of the gums.

These procedures are non-invasive, quick, and less expensive than implants or fixed bridges.

Explore this article to learn more about understanding tooth loss in adults.

3. All-on-Four Implant-Supported Dentures

3.75% of adults ages 20 to 64 have no remaining teeth. Some patients need more stability than dentures can provide.

The all-on-four implant-supported dentures involve two implants inserts into the front of the arch. These implants are placed where your previous front teeth were positioned. The other two implants are placed at either side, tilting toward the back of the mouth.

A full set of dentures is then attached to these implants giving you completely new teeth.

In addition to stability and strength, these dentures are also easy to remove for cleaning and are a more affordable option.

4. Implant-Supported Fixed Bridge

A dentist won’t need to replace every single missing tooth with an implant. Instead, they can use an implant-supported fixed bridge. This option restores numerous missing teeth and can replace a complete arch.

This option offers great aesthetic results.

It will also look and feel natural. You shouldn’t experience any issues speaking or eating. 

As you’re not having as many implants inserted, the cost is comparatively lower.

5. Tooth-Supported Fixed Bridge

With this option to replace a missing tooth, two crowns are fitted onto the teeth at either side of the cab. These abutment teeth are then attached to the replacement teeth.

This procedure will only take two or three weeks to complete. However, this option is more expensive than a removable denture. 

Missing Tooth? It’s Time for a Fix!

It’s time to take care of that missing tooth! With these remedies, you can mind the gap and discover an effective solution. That way, you can restore your smile in no time.

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