Has it been months since you were able to really enjoy a meal, all because of tooth loss? Has the loss of a tooth also caused you to want to hide your smile, around family and friends, because you are scared all they will see when they look at you is an incomplete smile? If so, it is time to consider how a restorative dentist could help complete your smile and restore your confidence. That way you can get back to more important things than worrying about your smile, like showing it off!
Don’t Settle for an Incomplete Smile; a Dentist Can Help
It is important to complete a smile after tooth loss, for both functional and esthetic reasons. That said, completing a smile can also be helpful to the remaining teeth, because it helps to prevent them from trying to shift in order to fill the created gap. While dentures are one way of addressing tooth loss, many patients prefer the stability of dental bridges or dental implants, both of which are more permanently secured than unsupported dentures.
Enjoy Confidence and Comfort with a Bridge or Implant
Bridges help to complete the smile by using crowns affixed to remaining teeth, in order to firmly stabilize a replacement tooth such as a pontic. Implants work by first surgically inserting a titanium post into the jawline, to help mimic the role of a healthy tooth root. This not only stabilizes a replacement tooth, but it also helps to supply the jaw with nutrients as one chews.