Even with a few teeth missing, a person could still afford to function (eat and speak) as he/she did so previously with a complete set, although with some minor adjustments as to where the biting force will be applied or where the chewing side of the mouth will now be. Most often, it is only when the missing tooth is located in the front teeth arch that the patient becomes motivated to go to the dental clinic to have it replaced. This is because unlike missing teeth inside or at the back of the mouth like molars and premolars, missing front teeth make us self-conscious and embarrassed to smile.
To replace missing front teeth, you can choose from either a fixed bridge or a dental implant, both of which are available at Kennewick dentist Dr. Walter Hadley’s Marineland Dental Care clinic in Washington. Composed of an artificial tooth called a pontic and two abutment crowns attached on either side of it to fill in the gap or space created by the lost natural tooth, a fixed bridge is cemented onto natural teeth after these are filed down and reduced in size in order for the abutment crowns to fit over them. The fixed bridge as well as the temporaries that will be worn while the permanent one is being fabricated in the lab will be made based on an impression that will be carefully taken by Dr. Hadley.
However, if you do not feel comfortable with the idea of filing down the healthy enamel of adjacent teeth to accommodate a fixed bridge, then a dental implant may be better suited for you. Consisting also of an artificial crown, an abutment and a small titanium post that goes beneath the gum and into the bone, a dental implant replaces not only the lost natural crown but also the tooth root. A dental implant simply requires you to have sufficient bone density to increase the chances for a successful osseointegration between the bone and the implant.
Call 509-591-0515 today to set an appointment with Kennewick WA dentist Dr. Hadley to learn more about solutions to lost front teeth.