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Answering Your Questions About Dental Prosthetics

Adult tooth loss is far more common than most people think. Perhaps that is because losing a tooth can feel traumatic and innately isolating. “What do I do now?” “How am I supposed to eat, much less smile confidently?” “Do I have to live with an incomplete smile?” A lot of questions follow tooth loss; thankfully your restorative dentist can address your concerns. Better yet, dental prosthetics can be used to help you cope with the loss, by completing your smile and restoring your confidence.

Is there a way to complete my smile?

Yes. In fact, there are several prosthetic options available to help complete your smile. Whether you’ve lost a single tooth or several, there are ways a dentist can help you get back to eating and smiling comfortably and confidently.

What are my restorative options?

Most restorative dentists offer a combination of three primary prosthetic options: dentures, either partial or full, dental bridges and dental implants. Each has benefits.

What is best for you will depend on where the lost tooth is located, how concerned you are with the appearance of your smile, the health of your other teeth and gums, and the time and budget you have for completing restorative treatment.

How long does it take to complete a smile after tooth loss?

The length of prosthetic treatment depends on which option you choose, and if any restorative measures must first be taken to improve your oral health before a prosthetic can be used to address the lost tooth.

If gum disease was the cause of your tooth loss, for instance, you may need periodontal treatment in order to restore your gums’ health before a prosthetic option becomes viable.