Losing an adult tooth is a lot less exciting than losing a baby tooth. When you lost your baby teeth, you probably had some fun with the tooth fairy, or your parents made you special food, or maybe you just enjoyed having a place to put your straw. Whatever the case, when you lose an adult tooth you discover that things aren’t quite so fun any longer! You’ll need to find a solution fairly quickly for your smile before problems set in, and we recommend that you begin with one of those following.
A dental bridge is a great way to fill the gap in your smile. It is a dental appliance that attaches to the teeth that are adjacent to the gap in your smile. A bridge does this with crowns that fit over your healthy teeth, or with metal wings that are bonded to the backs of your natural teeth. Bridges will last for about 15 years before needing to be replaced or repaired. We often think of bridges as a great way to repair your smile until you are ready to invest in an implant.
A dental implant is the best way to restore a missing tooth in your smile. An implant is made up of two parts. The implant itself fits into your jawbone. We then place a beautiful crown on top of the implant to create a full restoration. The best thing about a dental implant is that with proper care, this restoration will last for the rest of your life! The dental implant is the ultimate in dental restorations and should be your top consideration.
You know that you’ll need to replace your tooth at some point. The question is how you will restore that tooth. Don’t wait too long, and don’t hesitate to invest in the best restoration on the market. Contact us for more information about both of these options, and let us help you make the best decision for your smile and situation. We can’t wait to see you soon!