Yesterday we talked about how you might go about replacing a tooth that’s missing or severely damaged.
If you didn’t catch that post, feel free to backtrack. But the bottom line is this: when it comes to the health of your teeth, the best solution is always the natural one. This is closely followed by a dental implant, which tends to be the most reliable and successful treatment (the only downside being it can get a bit expensive without insurance). But it is important to remember that other options do exist.
Some of the most common non-implant frontal tooth replacement treatments include:
Removable partial dentures: a removable partial denture is similar to a temporary flipper denture, however – it’s designed to last and be used for the long-term, as long as its taken care of. Of course, it won’t actually replace the missing tooth, which can lead to some shifting of other teeth, but it will help improve the appearance of the missing tooth while remaining inexpensive.
A tooth supported fixed bridge: A fixed bridge will offer a more natural look and feel when compared to a denture – but will still pale in comparison to a dental implant. If the teeth adjacent to the gap are healthy, however, and you’re not ready to spend on a dental implant – a dental bridge can often be a good solution. You will want to stay on top of your teeth, though – since a bridge can potentially require more long-term treatment.
A Maryland bridge: A Maryland bridge (or resin bonded bridge) isn’t one of the most common techniques used, because it often isn’t as durable. This sort of bridge is often chosen in order to avoid needing to damage healthy adjacent teeth in order to a support the crowns needed for the bridge. Instead of being attached to adjacent teeth, it uses “wings” to hold the artificial tooth in-place instead.
Are you concerned about replacing your missing front teeth? If you need a dentist in Garden Grove to help – we can! Please don’t hesitate to contact us today to learn about scheduling, consultations, and more.