What Options Do I Have To Replace A Missing Tooth?


It’s understandable that missing teeth can have a negative effect on your self-confidence. It can make you think twice before smiling, not to mention making chewing and eating more difficult. But besides the cosmetic effect that having a missing tooth can have on your appearance, it can also cause further dental problems. The Bryan Dental in Bryan and College Station area is conveniently located near to the Briarcrest Walmart is the best option available and best Dental Expert  dentist near you.

A person is putting on artificial teeth, who having gaps in your teeth leaves the possibility of other teeth moving out of position. Your teeth can move out of alignment, resulting in jaw issues, not to mention crooked teeth. Having just one tooth missing can even impact the muscles of your face, causing your face to droop.

But fear not, for there are various solutions to replace a missing tooth, so you can avoid dental issues and you can smile again with confidence.

Dental Implants

A dental implant involves fixing a screw into your jawbone in the gap where you are missing a tooth. This is called an implant and replaces the tooth root and is usually made of titanium. A false tooth is then attached to the screw to replace the missing tooth. The false tooth, called a crown, is usually made from porcelain but can also be made from metal.

Dental implants are usually fitted under local anaesthetic. The process usually takes place through two procedures. The first procedure involves fitting the implant to the jawbone, with the second procedure is to replace the missing tooth with a new tooth onto the implant. The second procedure usually takes place four to eight months later.

Drawbacks of Dental Implants

One disadvantage of dental implants is that they are usually more costly than other solutions that replace a missing tooth. Additionally, the recovery time involved with dental implants is fairly long, considering that the gum has to heal and the implant has to fuse with the jawbone before the crown is fitted. There is also the risk that the implant doesn’t attach properly to the jawbone, meaning the procedure has to be repeated.

Dental Bridges

An alternative option to replace a missing tooth is a dental bridge. A dental bridge involves bonding a false tooth, also called a pontic, to the natural teeth on each side of the gap. A dental bridge can also be used if you have several teeth next to each other missing.

Usually, the natural teeth on each side of the missing tooth are fitted with crowns, that are made of porcelain or metal. The pontics are attached to the crowns, so to replace the missing tooth. This is known as a traditional bridge.

Similar to a traditional bridge, a cantilever bridge is similar, but the false tooth is only affixed to one supporting tooth next to it.

Sometimes a composite, also known as an adhesive bridge or Maryland bridge, can be used. Here the natural teeth don’t have to be fitted with crowns. In this case, the false tooth has wings to bond to the natural teeth on either side of the gap.

Benefits of Dental Bridges

Dental bridges can be a great option to replace a missing tooth, as they come in various forms. They are fairly long-lasting, having a lifespan of up to 15 years.

Another advantage is that, unlike with dental implants, dental bridges can be fitted regardless of the density of your jawbone.

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  2. Thank you for this informative post on tooth replacement options. As someone who has a missing tooth, I found this very helpful. I am located in Punjab and will definitely consider visiting a Dentist In Ludhiana here for my tooth replacement needs.


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