Whether it is due to an accident or improper oral care, you may find yourself suffering from a severely damaged tooth, a tooth that has recently fallen out, or a tooth that needs to be pulled. Whatever the case may be, if your tooth is damaged or missing, the issue needs to be addressed.
There are a few different ways to address teeth that are damaged or missing. One popular form of restoration for a severely damaged tooth is the placement of a dental crown. For a tooth that is missing or needs to be extracted, a dental implant can be a great option.
Below is more information about dental implants, dental crowns, and why you should repair or replace a tooth that is damaged or missing.
If you have one or more missing teeth, you’ll need to consider replacement options. There are a few that may be available to you, depending on a few different factors. One of these options is dental implants.
A dental implant is a tooth replacement prosthetic that replaces a single or multiple teeth. Depending on the number of teeth being replaced, you may require multiple rods placed in your jawbone to hold the implant.
Dental implants are an excellent option for patients that have a strong enough jawbone to hold the implants in place and the budget to afford them. If you would like to learn if you are a candidate for implants, reach out to Nova Dental. We can schedule you for a consultation.
Implants aren’t a single thing. There are actually different types of implant prosthetics to choose from, depending on your specific needs. The different types of implants include:
· Single Implant. If you only need a single tooth replaced, a single implant will be the option to meet your needs. Your dentist can also place multiple single dental implants.
· Implant-supported dentures. If you are missing a full row of teeth, you likely already have dentures or are looking into them. Either way, you may be a candidate for a more secure denture solution—implant-supported dentures. Like traditional dentures, implant-supported dentures replace a row of teeth. Unlike traditional dentures, they are held in place with implants—making them even more secure.
· Implant-supported bridge. For the replacement of multiple missing teeth (but not an entire row), your dentist may opt for an implant-supported bridge. This involves the placement of one or more rods to hold a prosthetic in place that replaces multiple missing teeth.
· All-on-4. All-on-4 are a replacement option that are similar to implant-supported dentures, with the main difference being all-on-4 are not removable by the patient. They must be removed by a dentist.
A Dental crown is a dental repair option that involves the replacement of the entire crown of a tooth. This involves the reshaping of whatever is leftover of the tooth to place the crown securely. Your dentist will often opt for a dental veneer if the issue is mainly cosmetic and not much of the tooth needs to be replaced. With that said, for more severe damage and a more secure replacement option, your dentist will likely choose a dental crown.
There are a lot of benefits to dental implants. Below are some of the top benefits you should consider:
· Stopping Migration. Over time, your teeth will shift if you have a gap between them. This can lead to impacting, crookedness, and crowding. Dental implants ensure the teeth don’t move, which helps not only the aesthetic but also your oral health.
· Ongoing oral health. Missing teeth affect more than just the look of your smile. As missing teeth lead to migration over time, the teeth that begin to crowd and become crooked become more and more difficult to care for. Being unable to properly brush and floss will eventually lead to tooth decay, gum disease, and possibly more advanced oral health issues. By keeping your healthy teeth in place, dental implants help with maintaining your ongoing oral health.
· Bite support. Biting and chewing food can be much more difficult with missing teeth. Dental implants make it much easier to eat your favorite foods, as they provide the additional bite support you need.
· Appearance. Who doesn’t love having a full smile? Having a gap in your teeth can cause issues with self-confidence and can affect your mood. Dental implants fill the gap and give you the full smile you used to have. This allows you to smile with pride.
Why You Should Consider a Dental Crown
There are a few reasons why you’ll want to consider a dental crown. These include:
· Appearance. A dental crown helps to restore the appearance of a damaged tooth. Whether it is cracked, chipped, discolored, or has any other cosmetic issues, your dental crown will ensure your tooth fits seamlessly with the surrounding teeth.
· Strength. It can be difficult to bite and chew with a severely damaged tooth. A dental crown provides the support needed to bite and chew your favorite foods.
· Protection. Having a cracked or chipped tooth puts the entire tooth at risk. A dental crown protects the tooth from infection and further damage.
Dental implants and dental crowns do not serve the same purpose at all. Dental implants are intended to replace an entire missing tooth or multiple teeth, while dental crowns are a restoration option that allows the patient to maintain a portion of their tooth.
Nova Dental offers outstanding dentistry services provided by the best professionals in the field. Our office is clean, modern, and staffed with people that care about their work and our patients.
Nova Dental provides both cosmetic and general dentistry services for our patients. These include checkups, cleanings, dental veneers, teeth whitening, dental bonding, dental crowns, bridges, and more. We also provide family dentistry services.
If you have a missing or damaged tooth, contact Nova Dental today! We’ll take a look at your missing or damaged tooth or teeth and put together a plan of action to address the issue.