I need to fill a gap

by Zazo

I have recently gotten a back tooth extracted from my upper teeth and the gap is quite big . I want to fill the gap as my bite is quite off but I cannot get a bridge because the other teeth aren’t strong enough and I’m only 16 so I can’t get an implant . What should I do as it is really upsetting me

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Re: I need to fill a gap
by: rob

Hi Zazo!

I'm sorry to hear that you're feeling upset about the gap left by your extracted tooth. Here's some neighborly comments:

It's understandable to feel self-conscious about your smile and worried about your bite. But don't worry, there are still options available to you that can help restore your smile and improve your dental health.

First of all, it's great that you're taking your dental health seriously and exploring your options. It's important to address the gap left by your extracted tooth as it can lead to other dental problems, such as shifting of nearby teeth and difficulties with chewing and speaking.

One option that you might consider is a partial denture. A partial denture is a removable appliance that fits in your mouth and replaces the missing tooth.

It can be a good solution for young people who are not yet ready for implants or who cannot get a bridge. Partial dentures can be made of different materials, such as acrylic or metal, and they can be designed to match the color and shape of your existing teeth. They can also be adjusted as your mouth changes over time.

Another option to consider is orthodontic treatment. If your bite is off due to the missing tooth, orthodontic treatment such as braces or clear aligners can help align your teeth and improve your bite. This can also help prevent other dental problems in the future.

If you're concerned about the cost of dental treatment, you might want to check with your dental insurance provider or explore dental financing options. Many dental practices offer financing plans or accept third-party financing options to help make treatment more affordable.

In addition to these treatment options, it's important to maintain good oral hygiene to prevent other dental problems. This includes brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and visiting your dentist regularly for check-ups and cleanings. Your dentist can also provide advice on how to care for your teeth and gums and how to prevent further dental problems.

Take the time to explore your options and talk to your dentist about what might work best for your situation.

Rob at SmileSteps

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