Have you ever wondered what to do when you’re missing a tooth? No matter how it happened, restorative dentistry to replace your missing tooth can improve your appearance and confidence in your smile. Here’s some information about restorative dentistry options, which may help answer some questions you’ve had about how best to address your missing teeth.

Dental Bridges vs Dental Implants

If you’re missing one or more teeth and would like to replace them, there are many options available. Both dental bridges and dental implants are fantastic options for replacing a missing tooth, but some patients may find that each option is better suited to their situation and needs.

Dental implants are artificial roots that act as the foundation for your replacement teeth. They’re made of titanium and placed into your jawbone so that they fuse with it over time. A special type of screw attaches the implant to an abutment—a small post that protrudes from the gum tissue where you want your new tooth positioned—and then another screw connects this abutment to a crown on top of the implant so you can chew food normally again!

Dental bridges involve placing two crowns on the surrounding teeth so that the dental pontic or missing tooth can then be connected. Dental bridges are a great option for patients missing only select teeth that do not want or need partial dentures or are not a candidate for a dental implant.

Both types will feel very natural once finished. Both options look very natural, feel comfortable, durable, and stable. In both cases, it’s highly unlikely for anyone to know you ever lost a tooth at all!

Making the Right Choice

Whether you’ve recently lost a tooth or you’re looking to update your existing tooth replacement, making the right choice is crucial. If you don’t address a missing tooth, it can lead to a number of complications. The side effects of a missing tooth include pain, gum disease, shifting teeth, difficulty chewing, and bone structure shrinkage among many more.

Making the right choice for you can seem a bit overwhelming. But, fortunately, you don’t have to do it alone! Our dental team at Wright Parkway Dental are experts in restorative dentistry and they will be able to help you figure out which choice is right for you. Ready to start transforming your smile? Schedule an appointment with us today to find out what’s best for you!


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