Missing Front Teeth Replacement
Probably seen as more important compared to the rest of your teeth, front teeth are central to your face, smile and eating habits. If you’ve lost a front tooth either through injury or otherwise, finding the best replacement option is bound to play on your mind.
A natural looking and feeling, strong replacement is vital to most people’s criteria, but what are your options? Depending on your circumstances, you will most likely be faced with a choice between:
The main and, in our opinion, best option for replacing a missing front tooth is a dental implant. This is because a dental implant is:
- A permanent replacement solution
- Subtle – designed to match your natural teeth
- Natural and functional in feel
Dental implants are fittings inserted into your jaw bone that fuse with your jaw to create a secure ‘root’. A false ceramic tooth is then attached to the implant root, created to match your current teeth colouration and shaped to fit in seamlessly with your natural teeth. This treatment option provides a truly permanent solution to missing teeth, providing a replacement that can last for decades if well cared for.
Implants for front tooth replacements are the most popular treatment option as they result in the most natural look and feel. Ceramic tooth replacements are specifically made to suit each individual, ensuring that the colour of the new tooth matches the surrounding teeth. This is great for subtly integrating the replacement, often resulting in people not even being able to tell which tooth is artificial.
In addition to ensuring the colour is correct, our dental implant experts work to create a false tooth that fits well in the gap and suits the shape of the teeth around it. This work ensures that the implant is set firmly in the space available and lines up correctly with adjacent teeth, meaning that you can bite and chew naturally, which in turn helps maintain the continued strength of your entire jaw.
Dental implant treatments for front teeth replacements are not dissimilar to replacing any other single tooth. Treatments will vary depending on factors such as jaw bone quality, however a usual case will take 3-5 months in total. This covers initial consultation, implant insertion, time for the implant to fuse with the jaw and attaching the ceramic false tooth.
In some circumstances bone quality is good enough to actually allow for an implant to be placed within a day (and even have a tooth extracted at the same time). This will still require follow-up appointments and is not an option for every patient.
Another procedure option for replacing a front tooth is through a dental bridge. Dental bridges are often considered because they:
- Provide a permanent replacement solution
- Cost less than a dental implant
- Do not require a surgical procedure (however, two adjacent teeth are permanently altered)
Dental bridges avoid the need for surgery by making use of the neighbouring teeth. The two adjacent teeth to the gap are crowned (filed down) to become abutment teeth. These are essentially stumps that the bridgework can then be fixed to. Replacement teeth will have been moulded for the crowned teeth to ensure a natural look, with the missing tooth created to fit the gap and look of your teeth. The bridge will be a single piece – all three teeth — which will fit on to the abutment teeth.
Dental bridges are a very popular alternative to dental implants as, although the procedure doesn’t require surgery like an implant, the result is still a permanent tooth replacement. The cost is also lower than dental implant treatments. The downside to dental bridgework is that two healthy teeth are permanently affected when they are crowned to hold the bridge.
Bridgework remains a common treatment for missing front teeth as the procedure can provide the same natural look and feel as dental implants. The missing tooth is made to match the colour and shape of the original by examining the surrounding teeth in the mouth. Bridges aren’t noticeable and, being a permanent solution, they don’t result in the same awareness and discomfort that wearers of dentures often suffer from. The feel in your mouth will be very natural and the strength of the bridgework will allow you to eat as normal.
Front tooth dentures are another potential replacement option. Compared to the alternatives, front tooth denture are:
- A temporary replacement option
- Less secure than permanent replacements
- Generally less comfortable and more awkward than required
- Cheaper than bridgework or implants
They sit, as a normal denture would, on the roof of your mouth or below your tongue. Although not the most secure treatment option, dentures are commonly chosen as a result of their being temporary and usually a lot of cheaper than implants or bridgework. When being used to simply fill the gap of a missing front tooth, dentures aren’t the best option and result in a lot more discomfort & awkwardness than necessary for a single tooth.
At DentalCarePlus we would recommend implant or bridgework as a more effective replacement of a missing front teeth as the permanent nature of the treatments gives a much higher patient satisfaction.
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