Options for Tooth Replacement

Everybody knows that it is very important for you to visit your local dentist on a regular basis, at least every six months. This is so important because your dentist will spot problems very quickly and prevent them from escalating into bigger problems. Things like scrapes and polishes are routine as are things like fillings. However, what will be the options open to you should you get an infection in one of your teeth or lose or break one in an accident and it needs to be extracted and you want it replace. Well, fortunately there are a number of options open to you and depending on your budget you will have to make a choice.

Tooth human implant (done in 3d graphics)

Tooth human implant (done in 3d graphics)

The first and most common practice (and the least expensive) is to have what is called a crown fitted. As long as a small amount of the tooth remains your dentist can fit one of these for you. It is a relatively simple procedure with your dentist firstly taking an imprint in a gel of you existing teeth and sending it away to a dental laboratory where they will make you a new tooth usually from porcelain. You can also have them made from gold but this is obviously more expensive. If the tooth in question is one of your front teeth then you might want to ask your dentist to fit you with a temporary one while your new tooth is being made. It usually takes around two weeks to have a new one made and when it comes back the dentist will remove the temporary one and permanently fit the new tooth. Crowns are inexpensive but won’t last forever so you may need to have it refitted at some time.

Another procedure becoming more popular these days is what is called a dental implant. This treatment is a little more expensive than your simple crown but has more benefits as it will last a lot longer. Basically what happens here is that the dentist will remove the whole tooth and then drill into your jaw bone. They then screw a titanium implant into the hole and fix a new tooth to it. The same process as a crown is used to recreate the new tooth at a dental laboratory. Apart from being more durable than the traditional crown, and implant will feel and look a lot more like a natural tooth.

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