Treatments for Missing Teeth
When all your teeth line up uniformly and straight and shine bright white they can produce a beautiful smile and give you confidence. That same appealing smile can make any gaps more obvious. Like a missing soldier at role call. This is especially true if their position is front and center. Take courage, there are many ways your dentist can fill in gaps in your teeth. Today we’ll discuss five dental treatments to fill in tooth gaps.
Bonding Using Resins
Dental bonding is one way to fill small gaps between teeth. In this procedure, a tooth-colored resin is applied to your tooth and formed to look like it’s part of the tooth. The resin quickly hardens using a special light. The bonded new material is resistant to stains and lasts many years. Another positive thing about dental bonds is that they can be completed quickly and done in one short visit.
Use Invisalign to close small gaps. With Invisalign, clear plastic aligners adjust the position of your teeth gradually. The treatment can correct misalignment, overbite, underbite, crooked teeth, and overcrowding, if problems are not too severe. By using the device for between 20 and 22 hours per day, your teeth will be perfectly aligned in one year or less.
A third possible treatment for gaps in your smile is veneers. Considered a form of cosmetic dentistry, porcelain veneers are bonded to original teeth and are reshaped to hide larger gaps and damaged teeth. Veneers can last many years and minimal tooth preparation in needed to apply them, making them a relatively fast and effective treatment.
Retainers can also be used to reduce gaps in teeth. Computers are often used to simulate the effects of retainers over time. Speaking of time, using retainers for closing gaps takes time, sometimes years to get desired results. On a positive note, they can be the most cost-effective method to close gaps comparatively. On the negative side of the solution, it’s not always a permanent fix. Sometimes you may need to use a retainer later in life if the gap tries to open again.
If you had to have a tooth removed or if a gap is too large, then an implant is the best solution. Primarily implants are used to replace teeth. An Implant can support crowns, bridges, and dentures. Implants are dental screws made of titanium or zirconia and are placed into the upper or lower jawbone. To be effective, it takes several months for the screws to fuse with the human body. Once this process succeeds, the screw becomes a permanent artificial root for the replacement tooth.
Erbsville Dental, Waterloo
To get the right treatment for any dental issue, see Dr. Mathews at Erbsville Dental, Waterloo. A skilled and experienced dentist is required for all five treatments we discussed today. Erbsville Dental has modern dental equipment and tools to keep you safe and restore your smile. Ask what treatment is best for you.