Do you remember how you felt the first time you lost a tooth, the mix of excitement at reaching such a rite of passage and anticipation at the thought of a visit from The Tooth Fairy? What about how you felt the first time you lost a tooth, as an adult? Sadly, adult tooth loss rarely elicits feelings of joy. Instead, it can be frustrating, embarrassing, and lead to ongoing difficulties, both in trying to chew comfortably and also in preventing problems for remaining teeth. Fortunately, modern restorative dentistry make it possible to address tooth loss with great-looking and natural-feeling results. That way you can enjoy your smile again, even after adult tooth loss.
Enjoy the Added Confidence That Comes from a Dental Bridge or Dental Implant
While unsupported dentures remain a popular and often simple and fast way of addressing tooth loss, many patients find that they are not as comfortable as they would like, particularly while chewing. In fact, many denture wearers simply choose to settle for avoiding foods that are difficult to chew, instead of finding out how an alternative form of smile restoration could help.
Dental bridges, for instance, utilize dental crowns to help hold a tooth more firmly in place. Because the dental crowns are affixed to remaining teeth, a bridge helps create stability while chewing, and smiling.
Dental implants offer even more security, though. That is because they are the only prostheses available that can help to complete a smile by replacing both a missing tooth and its missing root. Schedule a consultation with your dentist to determine if either option is right for your smile.