What are the treatments for tooth loss

Good evening, I lost one of my upper front teeth back in 2001 when I was 8 while playing as a kid. I have been without it ever since then, now I'm 23 and I want to fix it once for all but the hole where the tooth used to be has become small. I would like to know what are the possible treatments for this kind of issue as well as how much this would cost as my health insurance does not have any coverage for dental care. Please help me as I am very lost on this but at the same time I really want to fix my teeth now.

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Answer: Dental Prosthesis Options

By Sarah h
Dental Professional

Replacing a missing tooth or teeth can be accomplished in several ways. The best way to replace a missing tooth/teeth is with a dental implant. An oral surgeon and periodontist both place dental implants, after it is fully integrated in the bone, your general dentist will restore the implant with a crown. The procedure takes approximately 6 months from start to finish and on average coast $5000 per tooth. You may also replace a missing tooth or teeth with a fixed bridge. The teeth on either side of the missing tooth is prepared, an impression it taken to send to the dental laboratory and a provisional bridge is temporarily cemented in place. Once the permanent restoration is fabricated, it is cemented in place in your mouth. This is a great restoration, however you do need to reduce/prepare the adjacent teeth. Last, there are removable partial dentures. These dental prosthesis are placed and removed daily and usually made of flexible plastic and cast metal. They are the most economical, however they are also the most uncomfortable, removable and require frequent adjustments.

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