Whether it got knocked out during a sports game or had to be removed for health reasons, a missing front tooth is something that most people hate to deal with. Not only is it almost always painful to lose a tooth in the first place(especially a front one). But that gap in the front of your teeth is very noticeable, leading to embarrassment and self-consciousness for most people.
In fact, most people consider a missing front tooth to be nothing short of a serious dental emergency. Because of how upsetting and uncomfortable they find the problem. And there are other more tangible concerns associated with a missing front tooth as well, besides your physical appearance.
A missing front tooth can drastically impact your eating habits and even how well you can speak. Furthermore, the longer you go with your tooth missing, the greater an impact it will have on your life.
Therefore, it’s important to deal with a missing front tooth as expediently as possible. That being said, there a variety of different ways you can choose to handle a missing front tooth. Some of the potential solutions are as follows:
Temporary tooth replacement for a missing front tooth
A short-term alternative to permanent tooth replacement, this is a great choice in many circumstances (such as if you need a replacement quickly, or if you can’t afford a tooth replacement surgery right now). With the technological advances made in recent years, there are even Do-It-Yourself options for temporary replacement teeth.
These temporary replacements are both easy to use and affordable. And in some cases the replacement tooth (which you usually make yourself using a special kit) can last for up to a year before needing to be replaced, making this option a truly great choice for non-surgical tooth replacement.
Permanent tooth replacement for a missing front tooth
A long-term solution to a missing front tooth is to, of course, have it replaced. There are various options for how to do this, but all of them are considered dental surgery. Some possible options include (but are not limited to) having a bridge put in to cover the gap. There are options for both traditional bridgework and composite bridgework, as well as for a removable bridge. And getting an implant to replace the missing tooth.
Each form of permanent tooth replacement comes with its own benefits and drawbacks when it comes to oral health and hygiene, so you will need to weigh the pros and cons for yourself before deciding whether or not to commit to particular dental surgery.
And remember, if you aren’t sure what sort pf permanent tooth replacement you want to choose, you can always opt for a temporary tooth replacement instead. This can help buy you some extra time (not only do the best options last a long time, but the kit will often come with material to make more than one tooth) to decide how to proceed while also helping you to keep your mouth functional in the meantime.