Our smiles are the first things that other people see when they’re meeting us, so it’s important that we have ones that reflect who we are. When there’s something wrong with our smiles, especially if a tooth replacement is needed, it can be difficult to make a good first impression — particularly if the gaps in our smile make us self-conscious and less likely to show it off.
Luckily, there are many options for dental patients to choose from when it comes to replacing those missing teeth. You’ll soon find your smile restored — along with your confidence in it.
Why do I need a tooth replacement?
Tooth replacements can occur after a sudden accident that robs us of a tooth, or even after planned extractions.
Replacing a missing tooth can go much further than simply fixing a smile. You will likely also find your speech and chewing improved.
What options are available for a tooth replacement?
In general, there are three main options when it comes to replacing missing teeth:
Dental Implants – Implants are designed to be permanent, eventually fusing to your existing jaw bone and looking like the teeth you lost.
Bridges – Bridges can be permanent or removable, and use your remaining natural teeth to support the replacement tooth or teeth.
Dentures – Dentures are removable and are designed to mimic a full set of teeth. They are used when there are multiple natural teeth missing.
What should I be aware of when it comes to tooth replacements
Every tooth replacement has its pros and cons, so make sure you do your research before committing to one. The dental team at Lifetime Dental Health would be happy to answer your tooth replacement questions during your next appointment, so don’t hesitate to ask.
Dental implants are often an excellent option to permanently replace a missing tooth. If you are a good candidate for this procedure, it’s because you have good bone quality and volume, which is necessary for the implant to properly fuse. Implants can last many years with the proper maintenance, and their appearance is virtually indistinguishable from your other teeth. However, this procedure can take time to heal — up to several months — and can be pricey.
Bridges can be more affordable options than dental implants, and can come in a variety of forms. Some bridges are permanent, offering the convenience and security of a natural smile. Others are removable. However, it can be difficult to properly clean bridges, and they are not as sturdy or long-lasting as other tooth replacement options.
Dentures are the best option when it comes to replacing multiple teeth with a natural-looking smile. They remove for your comfort and ease of cleaning. However, dentures can slip and slide in your mouth, causing you potential discomfort and embarrassment or slurring of words while speaking.
How can Lifetime Dental Health help with replacing my tooth?
Lifetime Dental Health is proud to offer our patients a variety of different services when it comes to tooth replacements. Every member of our dental team wants to make sure you have a smile you’re comfortable with showing off.
Sometimes, a missing tooth can happen suddenly, necessitating a dental emergency. That’s why Lifetime Dental Health offers emergency dental services — including same-day appointments if possible. We know that losing a tooth in an accident can be painful and shocking, and we want to make sure that you’re feeling like yourself again as soon as possible. If you lose a tooth and are able to find it, call us right away. Avoid touching the root of the tooth. Store it safely in the original socket in your mouth or in a glass of milk and get yourself into the office as soon as possible so we can try to save it.
We are pleased to use the latest technology available for our dental patients when it comes to replacing a missing tooth — or several teeth. This includes traditional implants, bridges, dentures, and mini implants.
Our bridge options include the non-removable Zirconia Bridge, which entails up to 12 implants for a comfortable and permanent solution, and the Fix on Six Zirconia Bridge, a semi-removable option with as few as six implants.
Our acrylic dentures are great options for fixing a smile with multiple gaps and can be offered securely with as few as four implants. This helps achieve a sturdier and more secure fit for your removable dentures.
Mini implants are a cheaper alternative to traditional implants, which we also offer. However, mini implants can be fitted in just an hour, allowing you to get on with your busy schedule – while having the confidence to keep smiling. Mini implants are less invasive than their traditional counterparts and don’t take as long to heal. If you have a thin bone structure, this is the procedure for you, as mini implants utilize metal frameworks to anchor the tooth replacement.
If you are interested in learning more about your tooth replacement options, or getting an appointment scheduled, call us at Lifetime Dental Health today at (614) 333-9442.