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Treatment Options for a Missing Tooth

Many people have experienced a missing tooth from an accident or an extraction. The next step? Choosing a treatment option. This could be hard, but we are here to help! Here are three recommendations that Dr. Dernick at Smiles of Memorial may give you if you have a missing tooth.

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Bridges

First, you could get a bridge or partial denture. Bridges are secured to teeth. They are held into place near the affected area and can fill-in one or more missing teeth. Here are a few types of bridges: removable, fixed, and an implant. Of course, Dr. Dernick can help you find the best bridge that will provide a natural look for your missing tooth.

Dentures

Some patients prefer a removable option, especially if they have lost the majority of their natural teeth. This is the least invasive way to replace a missing tooth. A full mouth restoration not only changes your smile but also can restructure the look of your face and profile. Who knew? Dental work can change the appearance of your facial structure. A few denture options to replace a missing tooth are conventional, immediate, an overdenture. At first, dentures can feel uncomfortable. However, as you become familiar with them they will feel more natural. 

Implants

Lastly, the most invasive, yet the most natural looking option to replace a missing tooth are dental implants. In the past 40 years, dental implants have been one of the biggest improvements in dentistry. Did you know that you can get more than one dental implant? In fact, you can have up to a full mouth restoration with dental implants. Here is how they work. The implants are rooted in the jaw bone. Then, a cap or crown is added on top to cover the missing tooth. 

If you have a missing tooth, you can restore the natural look of your smile with bridges, dentures, or implants. Of course, you should maintain your oral health habits after you have replaced your tooth. For more information, contact Dr. Dernick at Smiles of Memorial.

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