Best Options for Replacing Your Missing Front Tooth
You may lose a tooth due to various reasons, but missing a front tooth would be a major concern because it can impact your confidence level and self-esteem. A permanently missing front tooth can be the consequence of poor oral hygiene, genetic tendency, or a mouth injury.
Some Facts & Figures
The American College of Prosthodontists has reported the following facts on tooth loss (edentulism):
- More than 36 million people in the US are without any teeth, and 120 million Americans are missing at least one tooth. These figures are expected to rise in the following two decades.
- Edentulism mostly impacts the aging and the economically disadvantaged populations.
- Partial edentulism hugely impacts the adult American population.
- Effects of missing teeth include major changes in nutritional habits, diabetes, coronary artery disease, obesity, and some types of cancer.
What Option You Have for Replacement of Missing Tooth
Regardless of the causes for tooth loss, you can stay assured, teeth replacement can be done. Selection of the best option for replacement of missing tooth depends on the extent of your teeth loss. Here is a list of some of the most popular front tooth replacement options for you:
Dental implants are most sought after because of their durability, efficacy, and strength. They can address the missing tooth issues ranging from a single tooth, multiple teeth, or overall teeth.
How It Works:
The dental implant technique involves implanting an artificial root made of titanium, into the impacted jaw bone and permitting it to recover for around 2 to 6 months prior to positioning the bionic tooth into the jaw bone beneath the gum tissue.
All-On-4 Dental Implants
The All-on-4 method for treating tooth loss involves setting four dental implants in the important position in the upper or lower jawbone to permanently anchor artificial teeth in place.
How It Works:
These implants are small screw-like pieces of titanium that are attached to the jawbone by a dental surgeon. The titanium’s unique feature helps the implants to fuse with the bone over time, just like the roots of natural teeth. Following the placement of the implant, an arch of natural-looking bionic teeth is fixed to support on the implant rods.
A bridge is a permanent or fixed solution that remains cemented in the mouth and doesn’t slip off. A dental bridge is most useful to bridge the gap left by a missing tooth.
How It Works:
This method involves sizing down of the teeth on both sides of the missing tooth in order to join them together. The outcome is a replacement tooth that is linked to a crown on both sides of the gap. This is an excellent alternative for people whose front teeth have existing fillings or crowns or who don’t have adequate bone for an implant.
Removable Partial Dentures
A removable partial denture can also be used to replace your missing front teeth. Your remaining teeth are minimally adjusted and an impression is sought. This replacement is not permanently cemented and is easily removable.
How It Works:
This method involves a series of impressions that are taken by your dentist for making a customized removable tooth replacement to be secured with the support of your other teeth.
Your dentist can assist you through the choices available and suggest a plan of action for the best tooth replacement for your specific situation.
OC Dental Implants is a leading dental implant clinic in Mission Viejo, CA, offering superior and affordable dental implant services for the last 20 years. Contact our dental office at (949) 701-3031 to learn more about the replacement for missing teeth or to schedule a consultation with us.
Dr. Orest Frangopol is the Owner of OC Dental Implants, a leading dental office in the Orange County area. Dr. Frangopol is an expert in providing comprehensive implant services that include: single tooth dental implant, bone grafting, dental implants and full mouth reconstruction. He along with his team has a reputation of offering affordable dental implants combined with customized treatment for all his patients.