Wouldn’t it be nice if all things were as easy to recover as a toddler after a nap, or a teenager after pulling an all-nighter studying for midterm exams? Unfortunately, few things in life are that simple, which is why many people experience trauma after loss, whether it’s a big or little thing. Tooth loss is no small obstacle to recover from emotionally. Thankfully, restorative dentistry makes it possible to complete your smile and return to life as you knew it before the tooth loss.
There Are Many Options for Restoration
After losing a tooth, there are a number of restorative options available. Prosthetics like dentures, dental bridges and implants can all be used to complete a smile, often in conjunction with one another. Each offers unique benefits, and a few drawbacks as well.
Dentures, for instance, are often the most affordable way to deal with tooth loss. Unfortunately not all patients find them comfortable, and they are not as secure as alternative prosthetics.
Dental bridges are formed using crowns to anchor a replacement tooth or teeth. By attaching the crowns to the teeth adjacent to the gap, a bridge helps offer more stability for the replacement tooth or teeth.
Dental implants are the most permanent form of recovery from tooth loss. They involve surgically inserting a titanium post into the jawline, which is then used to secure a replacement tooth, usually either a dental crown or partial denture. While implants are the most secure form of smile restoration, they’re also the most expensive and take the longest to complete.