woman smiles and shows off a single missing toothSingle Missing Tooth

A single missing tooth can make it hard to chew, and depending on where they are in your mouth, they can be embarrassing. People with missing teeth will often avoid smiling and even talking when they are in public. If you have a missing tooth that is bothering you, call your friendly Frisco, TX dentist. Frisco Dental can help you get the confidence that a great smile inspires.

What Are My Options For a Single Missing Tooth?

Teeth can be missing for a lot of reasons. Some of those reasons include genetics, decay, and facial trauma. People often think that if you are missing a tooth, something is wrong with you.

We assure you, there is nothing wrong with you. However, we offer solutions to fix your missing tooth. Below are some viable solutions to fill that gap.

Temporary Replacement or Flipper

This solution is usually a temporary one for when a person is waiting to get an implant, or they have gotten the implant and are waiting to replace the crown or tooth. A temporary replacement or flipper can be a longer-term solution, but it is always removed while eating and sleeping, similar to a retainer.

This is going to be one of the least expensive solutions available to you, and it will take care of the aesthetic problem of missing a tooth in most situations. However, you should be aware that temporary replacements and flippers are easy to break. They can also cause changes in your speech due to their size and location in your mouth.

Resin-Bonded Bridge

This type of bridge is common for replacing front teeth when people do not want the full implant. The teeth that the bridge attaches to need to be healthy and strong. The bridge consists of a tooth structure matching your original teeth and bonds to the back of adjacent teeth by resin.

Resin-bonded bridges can last around ten years. You do need to be very careful about tartar and plaque buildup under the resin bonding. It has the potential to damage the bonded teeth badly in a short amount of time.

Removable Partial Denture

This is similar to the flipper, but a bit more permanent. Your dentist will usually attach this type of denture. The trick with these dentures is to be sure they are clean at all times. If you choose this solution, you will need to refrain from eating things that are very crunchy and sticky.

Because the dentist puts in this denture, you will be able to eat with it in place. There is no running to the bathroom during a meal to remove it and put it back in. These dentures can be bulky and cause speech impediments. They may also be fragile and break easily. Talk to your dentist if you tend to grind or clench your teeth.

Fixed Bridge

A fixed bridge is similar to the resin-bound bridge. These bridges are usually used on molars that are missing. The teeth surrounding the molar will be reduced in size and capped with dental crowns that are attached to another bridging tooth. These are known to last about ten years. Again, this is another situation where you are putting surrounding teeth at a higher risk of decay. You also want to stay away from overly sticky food items with both of the bridges.

Dental Implant

This is the longest-lasting option for a single missing tooth implant in Frisco, TX. In this scenario, you have a tooth in the place of the original. In this case, the implant actually prevents long term bone loss due to a missing tooth.

The implant option will not damage the surrounding teeth. You can eat whatever you like, but do let your dentist know if you have a teeth-clenching problem or bruxism. These issues will not stop you from getting an implant, but you may want to get a nightguard or work on reducing stress to stop the activity from damaging your implant.

Finding a Dentist

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If you need a single missing tooth implant in Frisco, TX, give Frisco Dental a call today at 469.388.0372. We’ll fill the gap in your smile!