Is it possible to fix missing teeth in a way that looks entirely natural?
You have several options for replacing missing teeth and for helping surrounding teeth stay nice and straight. If it’s only one tooth that’s missing, Dr. Dost and his associates may recommend a dental bridge.
A bridge is simply a false tooth bordered on each end with crowns. The two natural teeth that surround the gap accept the crowns, and the false tooth in the middle, called the pontic, fills the gap. Because the materials look like natural teeth, it’s nearly impossible for anyone to notice that you ever had a missing tooth once your dental bridge is applied.
A partial denture is another option Dr. Dost may recommend. A partial denture is removable and is treated just like other dentures. It must be cleaned around and beneath on a regular basis to keep gums healthy.
Implants are a third option. A dental implant functions as a false tooth root that Dr. Dost or Dr. Kara can install in your gum. Once that’s in place, they’ll fasten a crown that looks like a natural tooth over it. In fact, just like natural teeth, implants are permanent and don’t need to be removed for cleaning or sleeping.
Is this considered cosmetic dentistry?
Yes and no. Cosmetic dentistry is any dental procedure designed to enhance the overall appearance of your smile and includes implants, crowns, bridges, veneers, dentures and more. The term ‘cosmetic’ may be misleading, however, in the case of missing teeth. It’s unequivocally necessary to address the spaces left behind after a tooth is lost or extracted because not doing so can make it much more difficult to properly clean the surrounding teeth, leading to an increase in plaque and eventual decay.
Will my insurance pay to repair my missing teeth?
Some insurance carriers will cover at least a portion of the cost of cosmetic dentistry. Others, however, may not. It’s good to know which procedures your insurance company covers before booking your appointment with Dr. Robert C. Dost & Associates, though. To see what types of cosmetic dentistry your current dental plan covers, speak with your insurance representative before deciding which option is best for you.