Replacing a Lost Tooth

For more than 35 years, Charles Zebe, DMD, worked at Accurate Dental Group in Mercerville, New Jersey, as the owner and an operating dentist. Dr. Charles Zebe is a graduate of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, where he took part in a unique pilot program that earned him his doctorate in just three years.

Losing a tooth is exciting at a young age. However, for individuals with a mouth full of adult teeth, losing a tooth means a trip to the dentist. There are a number of ways to go about replacing a lost tooth. For younger patients who are losing teeth due to improper dental care, a filling may be enough to repair the damage. Fillings will not work if the tooth has completely fallen out, however, and in this case getting dental implants from an oral surgeon may be the best option. While caps and crowns only replace portions of damaged or misshapen teeth, dental implants replace the roots of a lost tooth, allowing the surrounding teeth to maintain the correct structure and provide adequate bone structure throughout the mouth. For older patients who are beginning to loose teeth more frequently, dentures may provide a cheaper alternative to repeated instances of implants. Dentures should be relined annually, however, to prevent excessive bone loss and tooth decay.