What if You Only Lost One Tooth?

Jan 18th, 2013 | By | Category: Dental Implants, Tooth Loss

 lost toothIf you’ve lost most or all of your teeth on a single dental ridge, partial or full dentures could offer you an ideal solution for restoring your smile. Dentures consist of a row of replacement teeth situated on a gum-colored base, which is secured to your gums with a special adhesive, and are designed to restore function as well as beauty to your smile. However, if you’ve only lost one tooth, then dentures may not be a practical solution to replace it. Luckily, there is no need to worry. Richmond, CA dentist, Dr. Stefan Moiceanu, has extensive experience restoring the smiles of his grateful patients, and offers a number of solutions to replace your single lost tooth.

Don’t Wait for the Rest to Fall Out

Perhaps to save time, or maybe because they simply do not see tooth loss as a problem, some people will choose to ignore the loss of a single tooth, or wait until more fall out to justify an invasive procedure to replace them. However, even one lost tooth can threaten your oral health since your remaining teeth may try to shift and take up the slack. Rather than wait for more teeth to fall out, you can help save your oral health and prevent further tooth loss by consulting with Dr. Moiceanu and replacing your tooth.

Single-Tooth Replacement made Simple

A dental bridge, as the name suggests, is designed to bridge the gap left by missing teeth. Traditional bridges involve crowns that are placed on the teeth adjacent to the gap, with the prosthetic teeth in between. While bridges are great for replacing one, two, or several missing teeth in a row, if you’ve only one lost  tooth, you may be hesitant about disturbing your remaining healthy teeth. To avoid damaging healthy teeth, Dr. Moiceanu may recommend a dental implant-supported crown. A dental implant is a small, biocompatible rod that is surgically inserted into your jawbone. The jawbone fuses to the implant, effectively creating a prosthetic tooth root that Dr. Moiceanu can use to anchor the dental crown that replaces your lost tooth.

Tooth Replacement in Richmond

If you’ve lost one or more teeth, or would like to learn more about optimizing your oral health, schedule a consultation with Dr. Moiceanu at our Richmond, CA dentist office by calling 510-758-7222. Located in Richmond, we proudly serve families from Berkeley, San Pablo, Pinole, Benicia, Vallejo, and the surrounding communities.

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