You may miss a front tooth due to an accident, or because the tooth is simply not inserted. Failure to apply one front tooth is rare, usually the same element is missing on the other side.
If a front tooth is missing due to an accident, the treatment will initially be aimed at closing the gap quickly, for beauty reasons.
The options for treatment of course also depend on your condition at the moment. Have you had a major accident and do you also have all kinds of other injuries? Can you handle dental treatment at this time?
As soon as you can handle the treatment, it is good to start immediately. A hole, caused by the loss of a tooth, tends to close quickly due to outgrowth and tilt of the neighboring elements. This makes it increasingly difficult to create a good solution. The hole will first be closed with a temporary solution, so that your jaw can heal and you have the time to think about the final solution. A composite splint and a plate can be considered as temporary solutions. Both can be made quickly and ensure that you can smile again.
A composite splint is a connection made of plastic between the two elements that border on the resulting hole. The joint or splint is made such that the middle part has the shape of the former tooth. The splint consists of two wings that are stuck behind the adjacent teeth and the tooth-shaped middle part that is visible in your mouth. Usually a metal wire or fiberglass is used in the composite for its robustness.
If it is not possible to make a composite splint, for example because there are crowns next to the hole that the composite cannot adhere to, a picture is often made. In wearing it is not the nicest solution, but can be made quickly as an emergency measure. A plate is a loose plastic tooth with a piece of "palate" attached to it. It stays because it is stuck between the neighboring elements and because the vacuum sucks against your palate. In the beginning you will have to get used to it, you talk differently and your taste is less. You must also take into account the cleaning of your teeth, between the plate and your teeth and molars will sooner be left dirty. Fortunately, your mouth heals quickly, after one or two weeks you can start with the final solution.
The definitive treatment options are:
- An implant;
- An etching bridge;
- A conventional bridge.
An implant is an artificial root. So it only replaces the part of an element that is in the jaw. The part that protrudes above, the dental crown, must be made separately on the implant. The implant provides a hold in the jaw for the new crown to be made. The tooth crown cannot be placed loose on the gums, a foundation is needed. Because the implant is placed in the jaw, under the gums, surgery is needed. The operation is performed by a specialized dentist, a dental implantologist, or by a dental surgeon. Making the superstructure, the part that is placed on top of the implant and replaces your dental crown, is usually made by your own dentist.