Both my lateral incisors have problems. One of them has been missing since birth. I’ve been wearing a dental flipper for that for years. Periodically, it needs to be replaced and I’ve never been impressed with how it looked to begin with. I’m looking for a permanent solution for the missing tooth as well as any cosmetic suggestions for the deformed tooth.
Yes, I have a great solution for you. To replace the missing tooth, I’d suggest you have a dental implant placed. That’s the best option. A second option would be to get a dental bridge. However, that would require crowning the two adjacent teeth. If they’re healthy there isn’t any point in doing that. You don’t want to unnecessarily grind down healthy tooth structure.
The big trick will be finding a dentist experienced and skilled enough to match the implant to the veneer (or bonding). They are made completely differently. It will take a highly advanced dentist to make them look right together.
I am going to suggest you see a dentist who has been accredited by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. AACD accredited dentists have passed stringent exams as well as demonstrated their artistry in a large variety of cases they have personally done.
This will help you know that they can do beautiful work for you cosmetically. You’ll also want to check that they have dental implant training as well. This is an advanced procedure. Ask them what POST-doctoral training they have.
One other cosmetic consideration. The porcelain crown for the dental implant as well as the porcelain veneer can be made any color. However, you should know the color is permanent. It is always advisable to do teeth whitening before having the cosmetic work done. This way, whichever color your crown is done will be the color you’ll want permanently.
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