Tooth loss can be caused by many factors, including tooth decay, gingivitis, and TMJ disorder. Left untreated; tooth loss causes beauty and functionality of the mouth to be diminished. While modern dentistry has improved the overall quality of one’s teeth, tooth loss can still occur. Here are some of the latest options for correcting tooth loss.
- Dental Implants
Dental implants provide a fixed, permanent, and natural-feeling solution to missing teeth. Dental implants are artificial roots that are inserted into the jaw and serve as anchors for prosthetic teeth. The implants are natural looking, strong, and durable. They are a great alternative to partial or complete dentures, as they provide outstanding support and stability.
- Inlay and Onlay Restorations
Inlay restorations are a custom filling made of composite material, gold, or porcelain. They can repair teeth that have large flawed fillings or have been damaged due to injury. Onlay restorations, also known as a partial crown, are identical to inlay restorations except that they are used if one or more of the chewing cusps have been damaged.
Crowns are coverings that conceal the entire tooth, restoring it to its original appearance. A crown is a last resort treatment when fillings or other types of restorations will not work to repair a tooth.
- Fixed Bridges
A dental bridge is permanent way to replace missing teeth. The traditional consists of two crowns that have been fused together in order to secure and completely replace a lost tooth. Bridges are generally affixed to intact teeth adjacent to the empty spaces in order to ensure that they do not shift.
You don’t need to be embarrassed by a missing tooth any longer. Our team at The Smile Design Center can help you achieve a beautiful, healthy smile. Call our Baltimore office at (443) 275-9821 to schedule an appointment with a great Baltimore area dentist.