2 Tooth Replacement Options

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If you have had to have teeth extracted or knocked a tooth out, you may end up with a gap in your mouth. That can lead to you feeling very self-conscious about the way that you look. If you want to replace that tooth, you can go to a cosmetic dentist, and they will give you a few options so that you can choose what's best for you to replace that tooth.    

Dental Implants

Dental implants are more common than they were before, so they are now a more popular and often affordable option, especially with insurance. 

An implant starts with a titanium post. The post is inserted into the tooth socket. If you have just had a tooth extracted, you will have to wait for a couple of weeks for the swelling to go done. The post will act like the root of your tooth. It will also help to make sure that the bone in your jaw isn't resorbed or weakened. That's because the implant post helps to stimulate the bone in your jaw. That stimulation is what keeps your bone strong and healthy. Once the post has been placed and the area has healed, with the bone starting to grow around the post, your dentist will fit the appropriate replacement tooth on the post. The replacement tooth will be made out of dental acrylic. That will make it strong enough to undergo a lot of use. It will also be molded and dyed so that it matches the rest of your teeth. 

Fixed Bridge

A fixed bridge replaces a number of teeth in  In order to do that, some tooth material on teeth surrounding the missing tooth. Once the fixed bridge is installed, it is cemented in place, using special dental adhesive. Then some acrylic is placed over the area to protect the place where the bridge is installed and to keep those teeth from receiving any damage. Once the fixed bridge is in place, it will act just like your normal tooth. One drawback to using this kind of tooth replacement is that your jaw bone won't get the same amount of stimulation it would if your natural tooth were there, so you may deal with some resorption. 

If you are missing teeth, you don't have to be stuck with a gap in your mouth. Visit a cosmetic dentist (such as David Jackson, DDS) and find out what your options are.