Before you settle in to spend some quality time with the people you love, wouldn’t you like to tackle the only item on your own holiday wish list? If you would like to bounce back from the source of your biggest insecurity, the loss of a tooth, your prosthetic dentist can certainly help. And that means you don’t need to worry about making it onto Santa’s “Nice” list to get the tooth replacement you need. You don’t need holiday magic, either; you just need a trip to your prosthetic dentist. In very little time you could feel jolly and comfortable back in front of the camera, instead of hiding behind it. After all, there’s no reason to spend such a festive season feeling self-conscious because of your smile.
Which Prosthetic Option Is Right for You?
While dentures remain popular ways to complete smiles, they’re no longer the only option. For patients that desire more stability than partial or full dentures can provide, dental bridges and dental implants offer great alternatives.
Dental bridges are one of the most favored forms of prosthetic dentistry, because they are quick to complete, look natural, and steady a replacement tooth through the use of dental crowns. The crowns are affixed to teeth adjacent to the missing one, in order to steady the pontic, or fake tooth.
However, for patients whose jaws and gum tissue are healthy, dental implants can provide an even more permanent form of smile restoration. They involve the dentist or oral surgeon placing a titanium post into the jawline. Through a natural process called osseointegration, the soft tissue will grow around the post, allowing even more stability. This option is best for patients whose gums are in great health, and who are willing to dedicate a few months to allowing the tissue to heal around the post, before having their permanent replacement tooth affixed to it.