As a child, losing your tooth is a source of celebration and might even mean a visit from the tooth fairy. As an adult, however, a missing tooth is a cause of shame or embarrassment. After all, children’s baby teeth are replaced by their adult teeth. An adult tooth however doesn’t have a tooth replacement on the way. An adult with a missing tooth is in need of a trip to the dentist instead of hoping for spare change under the pillow.
Traditional Tooth Replacement
There are many ways for an adult to replace a missing tooth. For instance, a missing tooth that has been dislodged in a bad accident, such as when playing sports, can be fixed by an artificial tooth replacement, like a dental bridge or partial denture. This type of solution is similar to getting a retainer with only one or two teeth. It can come with a few wire clips that latch to the adjacent teeth.
This is the simplest kind of solution. The problem with this kind of tooth replacement is that it can be difficult to manage as you have to keep removing them when you are about to eat. This can obviously be a big issue if you are concerned about your appearance. Sometimes, traditional tooth replacement recipients can also have trouble speaking.
So a traditional tooth replacement for a missing tooth can represent a lifetime of inconvenience and potential embarrassment, what’s another missing tooth replacement alternative?
Single Tooth Dental Implant
Getting a dental implant provides you with a more permanent solution. A dental implant is a sturdy titanium alloy root that is placed in the stead of a natural tooth root for a new crown to be placed on. It is like implanting a completely new healthy tooth root in your mouth. Unlike traditional single tooth replacement options, this new tooth is attached to a permanent dental implant, not the adjacent teeth.
Our Oklahoma City Smiles implant dentist is impressively skilled in the dental implant procedure. If you choose to work with us for your tooth replacement solution, we can guarantee you exceptional service and utmost care. We’ll also help you regain your beautiful smile!
What are you waiting for? Set an appointment with the OKC Smiles team today.