Two Good Ways To Replace A Lost Tooth
Dental crowns and dental bridges are both good services, but there is a time when either one of them could be used to restore your smile. That time is when you are missing a single tooth.
When you lose a tooth, you may wonder if you need to replace that tooth. You should, and we’ll tell you why in a moment.
For now, just remember that the dentists at Hubbard & Leath Dental can restore your smile with either of the options mentioned above.
To discuss those options, make an appointment at our dentist office in Rochester Hills, MI.
Why You Should Replace Your Missing Tooth
A single missing tooth may not seem like a big deal depending on where it was located in your mouth.
If it’s in the front of your mouth, you will be more likely to do something about it. That gap in your smile can lead to some curious looks from clients, customers, and coworkers. For some people, it becomes a reason to hide their smile. That’s not a good thing.
If the lost tooth was in the back of your mouth, then you may be tempted to leave it that way. That’s not a good idea.
Your missing tooth can lead to additional problems.
You are already aware that teeth can move. This is the reason people get braces, after all. What you may not realize is that teeth can and do move already.
Many times these movements are so small that we don’t notice them, and for all practical purposes are teeth remain in place. The reason for the that is because our teeth support one another. When one tooth pushes into another, that neighboring tooth pushes back. The net result is minimal, and again, you may not notice it.
When a tooth is removed, all the teeth on that row lose some of their mutual support. This could lead to the teeth next to the gap “drifting” into the open space. That can affect you bite in ways that make it more difficult to bite or chew your food.
Below the gumline, you are missing the root of that tooth. This matters because the interactions between your roots and jaw keep that bone healthy and strong. With that root removed, you may begin to lose bone density in that part of your mouth.
That loss of bone density can lead to additional lost teeth, especially when it is combined with the risk of drifting teeth.
How To Replace A Lost Tooth
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you could just regrow your lost tooth, kind of like you did when your primary teeth fell out and your permanent teeth replaced them? Unfortunately, that isn’t something that human beings can do.
Fortunately, we do have dentistry, and that provides you with a couple ways to restore your smile and protect your remaining teeth at the same time.
➤ Option 1: Getting a dental bridge
A dental bridge consists of two or more dental crowns that have been bonded together. A dental crown is meant to replace the natural crown of a missing or damaged teeth.
Dental bridges are an effective method of restoring your smile by filling in the gap created by your lost tooth.
On the ends of your dental bridge are abutment teeth. These are bonded to the teeth on each side of the opening in your smile.
Before the bridge can be bonded in place, however, those teeth have to be reshaped. The dentist will grind down the enamel so those teeth can support the dental bridge.
When the abutment crowns are placed on your teeth, a pontic will fill in the space previously occupied by your lost, missing, or extracted tooth.
➤ Option 2: Getting a dental crown with a dental implant
In this case, a dental crown by itself would not do much. If you placed it in the gap in your smile, it would not remain secure on its own.
That’s what the dental implant is for. The implant is embedded in the jaw (just like the root once was). Then, a dental crown can be attached to the end of the implant. The end result is a natural-looking tooth replacement that is held securely in place by your jawbone.
How Will You Decide?
If you live in Troy, Rochester Hills, or any part of Michigan in between, our dentists can advise you on the right decision. By scheduling a consultation at Hubbard & Leath Dental, we can discuss any questions you may have so you can make an informed choice.