A single missing tooth can make it hard to chew, and depending on where they are in your mouth, can be a source of embarrassment. 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 Associates can help you get the confidence that a great smile inspires.
Are You Missing A Single Tooth?
What Are My Options For a Single Missing Tooth?
Tooth loss can occur for a variety of reasons. Some of those reasons include genetics, decay, and facial trauma. There are solutions, however, to fix your tooth loss. 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. You should be aware, however, 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.
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 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.
Since the dentist secures 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, though. They may also be fragile and break easily. Talk to your dentist if you tend to grind or clench your teeth.
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.
This is the longest-lasting option for a single missing tooth in Frisco, TX, where the implant acts as a replacement tooth. 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 night-guard or work on reducing stress to stop the activity from damaging your implant.
Finding A Dentist
HERE IS WHAT PATIENTS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT FRISCO DENTAL ASSOCIATES
Dr. Elrabaa and the entire staff at Frisco Dental Associates are wonderful! They are all so courteous, helpful, and knowledgeable. They make cleanings and procedures are comfortable as possible. Dr. Elrabaa personally makes calls to check in on you, which sets her apart from any other dentist I’ve ever had. I can’t say enough good things about these lovely people! I live in Dallas now, but still make the drive out to Frisco for dental care. I highly recommend Frisco Dental Associates!
14:54 08 Jul 20
Best dental team in Texas!!! I have been to them now for 2 dental emergencies and in both cases they have been phenomenal. on my last visit, I needed 2 teeth pulled. after the 1st tooth, my anxiety was getting the best of me (I have very bad dental anxiety) and before I even said anything, Dr. E offered to reschedule my other tooth for another day. not only do they do amazing work, but they actively listen to their patients and work with them. i will recommend them to everyone i know, and I'm certainly not going anywhere else!
17:47 27 Jun 20
Everyone friendly and explain treatment and suggestions
15:44 26 Jun 20
Dr. Elrabaa is a top-notch dentist, and a really nice person. She explains the options clearly, and her technique is professional and exacting. Great experience, which is what you want at a dentist! Also important to note that the staff abides by strict COVID procedures to protect everyone.
15:00 25 Jun 20
Awesome staff. No pain. They are the best.
17:57 24 Jun 20
A wonderful, painless, comprehensive experience with an incredibly friendly staff!!
14:44 19 Jun 20
Friendly staff, excellent hygienist (Suzanne), and a very thorough and personable dentist!
14:58 06 Jun 20
Prompt, no waiting forever like some offices; staff friendly, very efficient.
00:55 04 Jun 20