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The last thing anyone wants to deal with is a broken or damaged tooth. With modern technology, broken tooth repair or replacement is a relatively simple procedure. Which option you choose will often depend on urgency, the condition of your teeth, and your personal preference. Your dentist will also give you their best recommendations regarding which options are best for you. 

Most dentists offer tooth replacement solutions such as dental bridges, partial dentures, and dental implants. Let’s look at how to fix missing or broken teeth and which choice is best for you.

What is dental bonding?

Dental bonding, also known as a bonded restoration, is a painless way to make minor repairs to teeth with composite resin. Typically, this procedure can be done in one appointment. Dental bonding can be performed to repair chipped, cracked,or discoloured teeth. The process is quick, and you should be in and out in no time.

The dental bonding process

Dental bonding is done by a professional and uses composite resin to fix your tooth. Your dentist may start by putting a piece of thin plastic called a mylar strip on the surrounding teeth to protect them during the procedure. The next step is to add a mild chemical to the tooth to make it rough so the bond will adhere to the enamel.

If you have any concerns about colour matches, your dentist will have several options of composite resin and will ensure that the restoration matches your natural tooth colour. They will begin to apply the resin in layers. A light is used to harden the composite resin. Once it’s set, the dentist will shape and polish the tooth to make it smooth and send you on your way. 

Dental bonding is quick, painless and you’ll get that chip fixed before anyone notices it.

Types of dental bridges

Dental bridges are a popular tooth replacement option. Dental bridges, also known as fixed bridges, are permanent dental prostheses for the replacement of missing teeth. It’s called a bridge because it can extend across an area that’s missing one or multiple teeth.

In general, there are three types of dental bridges:

  1. Traditional bridges: A traditional dental bridge is attached when there are healthy teeth on either side of the area requiring a bridge. The bridge is secured with two or more crowns on either side of the teeth, which will keep the bridge in place.
  2. Implant bridges: An implant bridge is supported/retained by dental implants.
  3. Bonded bridges: This type of bridge is cemented/bonded to the adjacent teeth so that it is invisible. Bonded bridges are recommended primarily to replace front teeth.

What are partial dentures?

Partial dentures are non-invasive devices that attach to your natural teeth with clasps, like the retainer you had after braces. Since they aren’t permanently attached you can easily take them out for manual cleaning.

What are dental implants?

This process replaces tooth roots with metal posts that resemble screws. It can take several months to heal before a crown, bridge or other device can be attached to the implant.

Dental implants are an alternative to dentures and bridges. They are surgically placed into your jaw bone so they don’t slip out. Since they are made of titanium, they are note susceptible to tooth decay which provides longevity.

Which tooth replacement option is best for you?

When you need to fix a damaged tooth, see your dentist right away. They’ll do a complete examination, answer all of your questions, and give you all the information you need to make the most informed decision possible.

Before you know it, that broken or missing tooth will be a distant memory, and you’ll once again have a bright, beautiful smile to show the world!

Wondering how to fix missing teeth? Learn about broken tooth replacement at Yonge Eglinton Dental in Toronto

When you need to learn about your teeth replacement options, come see the dental professionals at Yonge Eglinton Dental. We focus on making sure your teeth look great and remain as strong and healthy as possible. Make an appointment for an office visit today by calling our office at 416-932-2222 or booking online. We look forward to seeing you!

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