It happens to most people at some point, (although most of us hope that it will be many years down the line!), but what do you do when the dentist tells you that your tooth cannot be restored and needs to be extracted.
The biggest worry for most people when faced with an extraction is what to do about the gap this leaves. There are several treatments which can help to combat this problem and have you smiling again in no time!
Leave the gap
If the tooth is not visible when you talk and smile, you can decide to leave the gap. The gap will be monitored when you attend for your routine dental appointments to ensure that the teeth either side do not twist and move into the gap causing problems with your bite.
A bridge is made by placing crowns on the teeth either side of the gap and joining them with a false tooth or teeth. The bridge will closely match the natural colour of your teeth and so will blend seamlessly with your smile. In order for a bridge to be possible it requires that the teeth either side of the gap are healthy.
The downside of a bridge is that it requires healthy teeth to be cut down in order for them to support the crowns that are the anchors of the bridge. It also means that if you have any problems with the anchor teeth the bridge can fail and it is unlikely that another will be able to be fitted.
A denture can replace one or several missing teeth. Dentures have the advantage of allowing further teeth to be added in the future should you need more extractions. Each denture is custom made in the laboratory to impressions the dentist will take of your teeth. After the initial 4 or 5 appointments needed to make the dentures they are fairly low maintenance and will simply need cleaning in the same way you do your natural teeth.
Dentures can be fitted immediately following an extraction and this means that you will not need to worry about being seen with a missing tooth. Over time you may find that dentures become loose due to shrinkage of your gums and so they may need to be relined or remade to ensure that you still maintain a good fit.
A Dental implant is currently the closest possible restoration to your natural teeth. A titanium screw is placed into your jaw and onto this can be fitted a crown, bridge or denture, depending on the number of gaps to be filled.
If cared for properly a dental implant should last for at least 10 years, meaning that over time it can prove to be a very cost effective solution.
All our dentists placing implants are very highly trained and go on regular courses to ensure that their knowledge and techniques are constantly at the forefront of this highly skilled field. We also offer competitive finance deals to enable you to spread the cost of your treatment.
Call today on 01622 682029 to book your consultation to find out how the team at Maidstone Dental & Implant Centre can help fill in gaps caused by tooth loss