Whether a tooth is lost because of an accident or even a teenager caught in a bad tackle during football practice, losing a tooth can be a very alarming and uncomfortable experience. Aside from the pain of the trauma, losing a tooth can also result in embarrassment due to the hole that the lost tooth leaves. Fortunately, there are numerous ways to resolve this problem.
Dental implants are a permanent, surgical answer to a missing tooth. An implant grade post is surgically placed inside of the jaw bone, then a realistic looking, fabricated tooth is attached to the post. Since the jaw bone actually ends up growing around the post, this is the most permanent and sturdy of tooth replacement options. The teeth near the implant site are not affected by the procedure, and the tooth is not removed to eat, clean or sleep. Not everyone is a candidate for dental implants, since there must be enough healthy bone in the jaw to affix the implant post, and the patient should be in good general health in order to undergo surgery. For those patients who are not candidates, other tooth replacement options are available.
Bridges are permanently attached to the teeth. They are both sturdy and long lasting. However, in order to attach the bridge two natural teeth must be prepared to hold the bridge by being crowned.â€‹
Dentures and partial dentures are an effective way to replace one or more missing teeth and are the most economical option. They are not the most permanent solution. Since they are removable artificial teeth, they must be taken out to be cleaned, and are not to be worn while sleeping. There is also the chance of the dentures moving about while talking or eating.
If you have lost a tooth and would like to talk to a dentist about replacement options, Knutson Family Dentistry can help. Matthew R. Knutson, DDS and his team use state of the art technology, paired with professional, compassionate and knowledgeable care to meet their patients' needs. Visit www.knutsonfamilydentistry.com to schedule an appointment today.