As soon as you lose a tooth or have a tooth extracted, you need to consider your restorative treatment options. An incomplete smile will increase your risk of many different health complications ranging from tooth fractures to periodontal disease. Luckily, dental restorations are easier than ever, and we offer a variety of treatments to patients who are missing teeth. Some of these procedures will even last a lifetime as long as you carefully follow all of our aftercare instructions.
The Importance of Restoring a Smile
A patient will most likely end up dealing with a few complications if they decide against restoring their smile. Once a tooth has been lost or extracted, all of the adjacent teeth will no longer have adequate support. Over the course of a few years, the nearby teeth might shift inside the mouth or become chipped. Tooth loss can also impact a patient’s appearance. No one should ever feel as if they need to cover their mouth when they smile or take a picture.
If you are only missing one or two teeth, then we might suggest a bridge. A dental bridge is a restorative device that is made from metal, porcelain, or plastic. The framework of the bridge is anchored to the surrounding teeth so that the false tooth doesn’t move around. There are many different types of bridges, and every option has its own pros and cons.
Dental implants have become very popular for missing teeth over the last few years because they look and feel just like natural teeth. An implant is essentially a titanium rod that is anchored into the jaw. The jaw then heals around the titanium rod to create a solid base for the crown. Once the mouth has fully healed, a crown is attached to the rod. Implants can also be used to support bridges and dentures. Implant-supported bridges and dentures are great options for patients who are missing multiple adult teeth. Before having the implant procedure carried out, we will need to carefully inspect your gums and jaws for any health complications that might affect the results.
Choosing a Restorative Treatment
Every case is slightly different, and that is why we believe in personalized treatment plans for missing teeth. Before undergoing any procedure, you will need to schedule an initial consultation with one of our friendly and knowledgeable team members at Brevard Smiles. Contact us today to book your appointment in Indian Harbour Beach or Rockledge.