For the uninitiated, the idea of fixing a missing tooth might feel strange and unnatural. There are so many unknowns about the procedure.
How does it feel? (it feels natural)
Will I become a cyborg afterward? (Of course not)
Will I require special care after fixing a missing tooth? (No)
The list of questions goes on and on.
At Genesis Family Dentistry, we spend quality time answering questions like the ones stated above and educating our patients about the importance of fixing a missing tooth.
From our interactions with patients, we’ve realized that the primary concerns about fixing a missing tooth are the cost and health implications.
How much does it cost to replace a missing tooth?
The cost of fixing a missing tooth depends on the dental material and treatment option you choose. Also, the dentist’s fee will contribute to the overall cost of the procedure, which may be anywhere between $500 – $6,000.
Dentures are the most affordable replacement solution for missing teeth. The material is affordable and easy to make. Also, surgery is not required to fix dentures. Consequently, the procedure is pocket-friendly.
2. Dental Implants
This is one of the popular methods of tooth replacement. Dental implants are super durable. When fixed properly, your implant will integrate with your jaw, osseointegration, giving you a solid dentition.
After osseointegration, dental implants work as good as your natural teeth. And like your natural teeth, you must take care of your dental implants if you want them to serve you for a lifetime.
Compared to other replacement options, fixing a dental implant is somewhat of a lengthy process. It starts with implanting metal screws in your teeth root, which will be used to hold the artificial tooth placed on top.
3. Dental Bridge
Dental bridges are an excellent balance between durability and price. A dental bridge is a false tooth that is fixed between two healthy teeth to cover the missing tooth. That means this replacement option works when the missing tooth is in-between two healthy teeth.
There are two primary ways of fixing a dental bridge:
1. Filing the healthy teeth to fit the bridge.
2. Attaching the dental bridge to the healthy teeth with adhesive (no filing). The second option saves your enamel and takes less time. This option is recommended for people with healthy teeth.
Fixing a dental bridge requires skill and experience. So it is vital to use the services of an experienced and highly-rated dentist.
4. Implant-supported dentures
An implant-supported denture combines dentures and dental implant procedures to replace a missing tooth. This option is great for patients who want a more durable replacement than dentures but do not want a dental implant.
With this procedure, dentures are created for the missing tooth but they are fixed using well-positioned dental implants.
The teeth replacement options discussed above are long term solutions to the missing tooth problem. If you have small or natural gaps in your teeth, consider corrective procedures or minor orthodontic work like wearing braces or veneers.
Why restore a missing tooth?
Any good dentist will tell you that fixing a missing tooth is good for your health. However, most people are unaware of the health problems associated with having a missing tooth.
Some of the dental effects of a missing tooth include;
Shifting teeth – If you have gaps in your teeth for a long time, the surrounding teeth will move to fill the space. This can lead to irregular teeth arrangement over time, which will affect the way you eat.
Speech issues – Depending on where you’ve lost teeth, specific words will become harder to pronounce and your words may slur when you talk for a long time. Also, there is the problem of spitting while talking.
Bite irregularity – Being unable to bite food is among the disadvantages of missing a tooth or teeth. When you are missing a tooth, eating takes longer and it can be uncomfortable. Large food particles will move into the space of the missing tooth when you’re eating, causing discomfort.
If you lost your tooth recently and would love to avoid the problems mentioned above, contact us for a consultation. Genesis Family Dentistry provides affordable dental services to residents in Uptown Charlotte.
Fixing a missing tooth is important for your health and confidence. The cost of the procedure depends on the tooth replacement option and the material you choose. You should choose the best material and procedure. If you are looking for an experienced dentist in Uptown Charlotte to fix your missing tooth, contact us via email or phone. We are happy to help.