No one wants to lose a tooth but if something like this does happen to you, it is important to know your options. When you lose a front tooth, it is even more important to get it fixed so that you do not have a big gap in your smile.
Not only will it impact your self confidence if not repaired but your other teeth could shift because of the new space. These are just a few of the options that you have when you lose a front tooth so you can avoid these outcomes.
Dental Implant and Crown
Dental implants are always a good option because they are strong. They also fuse with the surrounding bone so they can last for a lifetime. Once the dental implant has been installed, a crown is placed over it. If the original tooth is available, then the implant is made to match the tooth. Either way, it is made to look and feel like your original tooth and you may forget that it is not the original tooth.
The drawback to this process is that it takes some time to do, sometimes even a few weeks. However, you will not have to walk around with the appearance of a missing tooth. A temporary crown or flipper may be put in place while some healing takes place and while the permanent crown is made. A dental implant and crown is usually the best option and the one that should be attempted first.
Tooth-Supported Fixed Bridge
The next option is a fixed bridge that is supported from other teeth. This option is made of a crown to go where there is a missing tooth and then two anchors on the adjacent teeth. These anchors are cemented into place on the adjacent teeth. The anchors are used to keep the crown in place. Bridges are designed to last a while and will still have a natural look and feel.
Partial Removable Denture
This is another option but it is not used to replace the missing tooth in a permanent way. It is a durable option that can last for years. It can be removed when desired and is made up of something that looks like your tooth that you can put in and take out of your mouth.
Losing a front tooth is obviously not an ideal situation but if this happens to you, you should contact us at Naperville Dental to explore all of your options!