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Replacing a Single Lost Tooth

December 14, 2022
Posted By: Dr. Gary Michaelson

A missing tooth can be embarrassing. As a result, you feel insecure when you smile and may avoid it altogether. Fortunately, your Orlando dentist offers single-tooth replacement options to restore your smile.

A dental implant is the most likely or recommended tooth replacement for a single lost tooth.

Tooth Replacement Options

Dental implants restore your lost tooth from the root up, which guards against bone loss in the jaw. Bone loss can give you an oddly sunken appearance in profile around the lower face. Bone loss also interferes with your bite health and can lead to oral health problems in the future. Dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that can prevent jawbone loss.

A dental implant is a tooth root replacement topped with a dental crown.

Other options include the dental bridge, a tooth cemented between dental crowns. The crowns cap healthy teeth on either side of the smile gap. With this option, your dentist must remove a bit of enamel from teeth that may be healthy.

We also offer partial dentures. For a single lost tooth, this would be a restoring tooth on an arch clipped to healthy adjacent teeth.

Caring for Prosthetics

Dental implants do not require special care. You give them the same treatment as you do natural teeth.

For best results with your dental bridge, we recommend a cleaning brush and floss threader to clear debris from beneath the prosthetic.

You should remove partial dentures at night to soak them in a denture bath. You can also brush the prosthetic with denture paste and a special brush.

Contact Us for Single Tooth Replacement Options in Orlando

If you have a missing tooth, you should always replace it to keep your oral health intact. Call us today if you want to schedule a consultation or have questions.

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