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Whether caused by years of decay or a quick injury to your face, losing one of your teeth can be a very stressful event. However, thanks to years of advances in dental technologies, your dentist has the capability of replacing your missing tooth and fully repairing your smile. Today, there are a few different effective methods for tooth replacement. If you are in need of a tooth replacement procedure, don't hesitate to visit your Cape Coral dentist as soon as you can to receive treatment.

Dental Implants

The most permanent method available to replace a missing tooth is the installation of a dental implant. Implants are replacement tooth roots that are installed into the bone socket of a missing tooth and directly attached to your jawbone. Once a dental implant is put in, it will act as an anchor a replacement crown. After attaching the titanium implant to your jawbone, you will need to wait between six and twelve weeks for your gums to heal around the implant. After this, your dentist will take an impression of the area and to create a crown that will fit in perfectly with your bite. When the crown is ready, your dentist will attach it to a small connector post that is attached to your implant. After the process is completed, a dental implant will function as a part of your mouth and can last as long as 25 years or in some cases an entire lifetime.

Dental Bridges

Another popular method for replacing a missing tooth is to have your dentist install a dental bridge. A dental bridge is an artificial replacement tooth that is held in place on either side by dental crowns. To put a bridge in, your dentist will begin by anesthetizing your teeth and filing down the two teeth that will receive crowns. He or she will then take an impression of the area in order to fashion a bridge that will fit perfectly in your mouth. Once it arrives from a dental lab, your dentist will then permanently cement it into place.


If you have lost most or all of your teeth, your dentist may decide that a set of dentures is your best option. If you still have a significant amount of teeth remaining, your dentist will be able to create a partial set of dentures for you. Partial dentures still allow you to keep your natural teeth while filling in the gaps with artificial ones. If all your teeth or almost all of them have been lost, your dentist will probably give you a complete set of removable dentures to wear. Modern techniques allow for your dentures to have a very natural tooth appearance so others will not be able to tell that your teeth are not your own.

To learn more about options to deal with tooth loss or to schedule an appointment, contact your dentist in Cape Coral today.

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Dr. Martinez, Cape Coral and Ft. Myers dentist, earned his Doctor of Medical Dentistry Degree from the University of Florida in 2003. He is a progressive dentist who is constantly striving to improve his dental education and skills so he can deliver the best and latest that modern dentistry has to offer. Dr. Martinez specializes in veneers, teeth whitening and neuromuscular in Ft. Myers and Cape Coral.

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