Losing a tooth can be a painful and often traumatic experience, and there is not likely to be any money underneath your pillow in the morning either. Whether your tooth is knocked out by the force of an accident or has come loose and fallen out on its own, you have several options to choose from to get your smile fixed.
Your smile is the first thing that greets the world and having a tooth missing can not only affect your health but your self-confidence. Having an open tooth socket in your mouth can often lead to issues of infection and should be addressed by a dentist as soon as possible.
It’s important to find out your repair options, address implant costs and have a dentist take a look at your remaining teeth to see if there is any further damage. Proper dental care following losing a tooth is vital not only for the quality of your smile, but your oral health in general. Not to worry, there are several options for repair and replacement to choose from in this situation.
In some cases, if the tooth that has been knocked out is found and is intact, it can be successfully reinserted into the mouth. The body may be able to heal the area and allow the tooth to reattach and function normally. If you can find the tooth, the first step is to rinse it thoroughly in a saline solution, being careful to not handle the root. Try inserting it back into the gap and keep it there with your cheek and tongue until you get to a dentist. If you can’t get the tooth into the gap, place it in saline solution or milk, and transport it with you to have it inserted by your dentist.
When your missing tooth needs to be replaced, the most permanent option is to have an implant put in. This will require your dentist to place a titanium post into the gap that will act as a permanent root. The crown or upper tooth part will then be attached to the post and you will have a fully functional artificial tooth that will look as natural as the rest of your teeth.
When you lose multiple teeth in the same area in your mouth, a bridge may be an option for you. A wire anchor is placed around the remaining teeth and a set of artificial teeth is then set in the middle. A bridge can consist of anywhere from one to three teeth and will give you a functional bite and natural-looking smile.
These are a great option for front facing teeth that have been lost. They are easily removable, which makes cleaning the denture and the gumline much easier than with a permanent denture. Your dentist will custom design your denture to match the shape and color of your surrounding teeth so that the look and feel is more seamless.