I won’t get into my embarrassing story about how I lost my two front teeth, but I do need to something about it quickly. After speaking with a friend, I know that I don’t need to act so quickly that I make a wrong decision. Losing front teeth is bad enough but if the replacements look bad that would be embarrassing, too. I saw my dentist and he recommended implants and no other options. This dentist took over the practice of my former dentist so I don’t trust him yet. I just need another opinion. Do I have options for replacing my front teeth or are dental implants the only solution? Thanks Miguel
Miguel – Your options for replacing the teeth are a dental bridge or dental implants. But the outcome for each treatment is different—in looks, feel, function, and longevity—so consider your options carefully.
You will need an exam and x-rays, regardless of which option you choose, or what the dentist recommends. We suggest that you find an experienced implant dentist who is also an artistic cosmetic dentist, because he or she will be well qualified to perform either procedure. Your front teeth are involved, so you really want a dentist with an artistic approach to get natural-looking result.
A dental bridge requires that the tooth on either side of the missing ones is shaved down to accommodate a crown. From a cosmetic dentist, you can get beautiful crowns that are crafted to look like your natural teeth. The replacement tooth will be suspended between the two crowns. A dental bridge can last five to ten years, or more if you take good care of it.
A dental implant requires no work on the adjacent teeth. Implant fixtures will be surgically implanted in your jawbone. When the jawbone heals around the implant, a life-like crown will be attached to it. Dental implants require no work on adjacent teeth. An implant will be used for each missing tooth. Unlike a dental bridge, they can last a lifetime. The implants will function more like your natural teeth.
You can make appointments with a couple of cosmetic dentists to find out their recommendations. Once you’ve decided on which treatment you want, be sure to have it done by a cosmetic dentist who is also an implant dentist. This will produce the longest lasting and most aesthetically pleasing results.
This post is sponsored by Colorado Springs dentist Dr. Joseph Rota.