The best long term solution to replacing a front tooth is with a dental implant. Losing a front tooth can happen to anyone. It may occur to a previously healthy tooth from a sports injury or from an accident. It may occur to a tooth restored with a crown when the crown comes to the end of its lifespan. While this is can be a big shock, the good news is that there is a straight forward and predictable way to replace a missing front tooth with a dental implant.
A dental implant is about the same size as the root of a natural tooth. It is positioned underneath the gum where the root of the tooth used to be. At all stages during treatment there is a temporary tooth in place until the new tooth is connected to the implant. The implant tooth will look, feel and function like a natural tooth.
The alternatives to replacing a front tooth are only short term and they include a partial denture or a bridge.
A partial denture is a removable appliance where a false tooth is connected to a plate. This rests on the gums and against surrounding teeth to help stay in place. This can increase the risk of decay and gum disease due to increased plaque build up. It can feel uncomfortable, bulky and loose.
A bridge replaces a missing tooth by using the two neighbouring teeth to support a false porcelain tooth. The neighbouring teeth have to be ground down to support the bridge. This can weaken these teeth and can decrease their lifespan.
As I already mentioned, a dental implant is the best long term solution to replacing a front tooth. Not only will it look and feel like a natural tooth, they are very predictable and have a 95% success rate.
Like most of the treatments we provide, dental implants are tax deductible at 20%. We will fill out your tax forms for you at the end of your treatment. For your convenience, you can also spread your payments interest free over the course of your treatment. All this will be explained to you by Dr. Furlong, our implant dentist, and our front of house team at your consultation visit.
You may find it helpful to visit our website were you can find pricelists, FAQs and our patient testimonial section and see for yourself what our past patients thought of having their front tooth replaced and how it changed their life.