There are a number of ways to replace a missing tooth. These prosthetic teeth can be as beautiful and functional as the original tooth (or even better).
It is important to note that it is easiest to replace a tooth immediately following an extraction. After a tooth has been extracted, the adjacent teeth may shift towards the empty space to compensate for the missing tooth, shrinking the space available. In addition, the jawbone will remodel once a tooth has been removed, shrinking in dimension. Over time, as there is less space and bone strength to work with, replacing a tooth may require the assistance of a dental specialist to ensure success.
Dental implants are essentially small titanium components that are designed and used to replace natural dental roots. These screw-like components are surgically placed into the jaw where the tooth or teeth are missing. A relatively short healing period allows the bone to grow around the implant, securing it firmly in place (osseointegration). Once the implant is fully integrated into the bone, it is ready for prosthetic restoration such as a dental crown or dental bridge.