If you lose a front tooth, aesthetic reasons may dominate your decision to replace it. However, It is important to replace missing teeth in any area of your mouth, visible or not, to prevent many problems from occurring down the road. If not replaced, the missing tooth area will begin to experience bone loss, the surrounding teeth will begin to shift, and you put yourself at a greater risk for gum disease. If you wait too long to replace a missing tooth bone loss in the area could make it impossible to ever successfully fix the gap. For patients who require an extraction bone grafting is often recommended directly following the procedure to preserve the area for future restorations.
You have many options for replacing missing teeth:
Dental Implants Dental implants are natural-looking replacements for missing teeth that provide the same function as your natural tooth root. The implant is a small, sturdy, titanium post that is placed into the missing tooth area. Implants are ideal for replacing one or many teeth. This is the most technologically advanced and permanent way to replace missing teeth.
Bridge A bridge can be permanent or removable. It is used to literally bridge the gap between teeth. A bridge is made up of two crowns to attach to teeth on either side of the gap with a false tooth, or set of teeth, in between. It prevents other teeth from moving due to the missing tooth and restores your smile. Bridges are ideal to replace one or many missing teeth.
Denture A full denture is a full set of false teeth that are removable and are made to replace an entire arch of teeth. A partial denture is a removable set of teeth that can be used to replace many teeth on the same arch. It is recommended for patients who do not meet the qualifications for a bridge due to the location of missing teeth or can not afford a bridge.
Snap-On-Smile The Snap-on-Smile is a fairly new product. It is a removable arch of teeth that fit comfortably onto your actual teeth. It's totally non-invasive, non-painful, and completely reversible since you just snap the Snap-on-Smile in every day and take it out at night. This isn't a permanent option to fixing missing teeth, but it can hide your teeth under a perfect set.