HOW TO FIX A MISSING FRONT TOOTH
The best plan of action for a missing tooth is to put it back in its socket within five minutes. After an hour, the chances of the detached tooth surviving go down considerably. If your tooth is damaged or chipped it isn’t considered an emergency to most dentists. It’s when the tooth is knocked out or separated entirely that the stakes rise. If that ends up being the case, though, you don’t have to worry. Swiss Denture & Implant Center has the insights and services you need to put a smile on your face.
WHAT CAN CAUSE SUDDEN TOOTH LOSS?
The problem can be traced back to three main roots:
- Trauma, as seen in the over five million teeth knocked out in children and adults every year.
- Gum disease like periodontitis, which can recede gum tissues and wear away bones.
- Tooth decay that, in severe cases, may require extraction.
The good news is that a lot of these issues are preventable. If you keep out of trouble and up on brushing and flossing, you can maintain oral health well into your golden years. But If you have a missing front tooth you’ll want to have it replaced sooner rather than later. Missing teeth can make you more susceptible to bone loss, gum disease, and decay. Plus, the longer you wait, the more difficult it will be to restore the tooth later.
OPTIONS FOR MISSING FRONT TEETH
The first option is a partial denture. Partial dentures are a dental prosthesis that is attached to your existing teeth. They can be made from metal, acrylic or plastic and are removable and affordable.
Another option to replace a single tooth is a single dental implant. Dental implants consist of an implant, an abutment, and a crown. Dental implants are considered the “gold standard” of dental restoration because they are permanent, function like natural teeth, and help preserve jawbone health.
You may have seen home tooth repair kits on the shelves of various drug stores. This over-the-counter dental cement is an acceptable stopgap for those who cannot get immediate treatment. In a pinch, you can restore a chipped or missing tooth, or even cover old fillings or crowns. It isn’t a replacement for dental work, but it is enough to buy you time until you make an appointment.Back to When to Get Dentures