When a tooth is missing there are several options. If nothing is done the adjacent teeth may shift and ultimately cause more damage or the need for additional extractions over time. A bridge can be made to span the gap but this may require preparing (cutting) the neighboring teeth that may not be necessary. Additionally food may become trapped under the bridge since it is one fused piece that is cemented on.
Dental implants have become the gold standard for replacing missing teeth. Dental Implants can be used to replace one tooth, several teeth, or an entire arch of teeth often referred to as All-on-4. The process may require bone grafting to ensure the best outcome. The dental implant is placed within the bone and allowed to heal for several months. A crown (also referred to as a cap) is then cemented or screwed on the implant by your dentist. The process is straightforward, extremely successful, and associated with little to no discomfort.
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