Are you missing a tooth in Santa Rosa? Losing a single tooth is a cosmetic problem as well as a functional one. A missing tooth can be unsightly, and make you self-conscious about talking and smiling. missing toothIt can also impede your ability to chew and speak clearly. What’s more, if a missing tooth isn’t replaced, it can change the alignment of your other teeth, causing them to shift towards the vacant space.
Fortunately, there are several restorative options to replace a single missing tooth. These include a resin bonded bridge (Maryland Bridge), a fixed bridge, a removable partial denture or an implant supported single crown. Following is an overview of some of the treatments if you have a single missing tooth in Santa Rosa. Dr. Albers and his team will also discuss your options, and their different benefits and drawbacks, during your consultation.
The resin bonded bridge, also called a Maryland bridge, is a great way to replace a missing tooth in certain situations. A bonded bridge is comprised of one or two artificial teeth with ‘wings’ connected on each side. This type of bridge is primarily used for your front teeth when the abutment teeth are healthy and don't have large fillings. Learn more about resin bonded bridges for a missing tooth in Santa Rosa.
A fixed dental bridge is a false tooth, known as a pontic, which is fused between two crowns to fill in the area left by a missing tooth. The two crowns holding it in place are attached onto your teeth on each side of the false tooth. Fixed bridges can reduce your risk of gum disease, help correct some bite issues and even improve your speech. You must be diligent about oral hygiene with fixed bridges, and they can’t be taken out of your mouth as you might do with removable partial dentures. However fixed bridges offer a long-lasting option for a missing tooth in Santa Rosa, with a lifespan of up to ten years or more. Learn more about fixed porcelain to metal bridges.
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root placed into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth such as a crown. Dental implants look and feel so natural that you may forget you ever lost a tooth. They are more tooth saving than traditional bridgework as they don’t rely on neighboring teeth for support. Because they are surgically fused into your jaw, dental implants also protect against the bone deterioration which otherwise accompanies tooth loss. Lean more about replacing a missing tooth in Santa Rosa with a dental implant.
To discuss your options for a missing tooth, please phone Dr. Alber’s office to make an appointment on (707) 575-1190 to make an appointment today.