Posted on 11/10/2018 by Sundeep Rawal, DDS
|If you are missing a number of teeth, the solution can be very simple, such as getting dentures or a bridge. But, if you are missing a single tooth, it may seem to you that your options are a little bit limited.
Fortunately, there are things you can do if you have a single missing tooth, and treating it is not nearly as complicated as you might think.
A Dental Implant May Do the Trick
If you are wondering what the best treatment is, a dental implant is the closest thing to your natural tooth that you can get. A dental implant is essentially a construction where a ceramic "tooth" is attached to a metal "root" that has been implanted in your jaw.
While getting a dental implant is probably the most costly option you are facing, it is also probably the highest-quality dental replacement you can get. Once it is finished, a dental implant looks, operates, and feels just like a natural tooth.
A Dental Bridge Could Be What You Need
If you feel that a dental implant is not the best option, you might want to think about a dental bridge. With a dental bridge, an artificial tooth is anchored to the two adjacent teeth. This creates the appearance of three teeth in a row—except the middle one is not an actual tooth.
An advantage of a dental bridge is that it is slightly more affordable than an implant. Also, because you will not have to have a metal rod grafted into your jawbone, a bridge can be installed in a shorter amount of time. Finally, although the bridge is a single construction with the two adjacent teeth, it looks and operates very much like a normal tooth.
Having a single missing tooth is not the end of the world. Spend some time researching one of the above options, and you'll be pleased at what is available to you.
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