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If you’ve lost a tooth, you probably know that you should have it replaced. Dental treatments for replacing a tooth, which are commonly referred to as restorations, have come a long way in recent years. In fact, most treatments are designed to look and feel like a natural tooth. Still, if you’re missing a tooth—or worry that you might one day–do you know what options you should consider?

Losing a tooth because of trauma or decay can be an uncomfortable experience, but did you know it can actually be detrimental to your health? Lost teeth can lead to a number of oral problems and have a negative impact on your self-esteem. Naturally, you should have your tooth replaced to restore your functionality, but did you know that you have a number of cosmetically appealing options?

For example, you may consider a dental implant. Implants are a sturdy option that are designed to match the size and shape of your mouth. These useful implants rarely need to be replaced, but will allow you to chew and eat comfortably. Furthermore, implants rarely require any additional maintenance.

Another option you can consider is dentures. As you probably know, dentures can be used to replace any number of teeth, including every tooth in a dental arch. While dentures are also designed to look and feel like natural teeth, they will need to be removed and cleaned often.

You should also think about dental bridges. If you decide on a bridge, artificial teeth, also known as pontics, will be shaped to look like your natural teeth. These artificial teeth will be supported on either side by a strong, natural tooth. Like most restorations, a crown will stop your teeth from shifting.

Would you like to learn more about what you can do for a missing teeth? If so, please don’t hesitate to contact East Indianapolis Dental Associates at 317-357-8548. Dr. James McAllister and our team will gladly answer any question you have. We look forward to hearing from you soon!