Single Missing Tooth Treatment Options

Single Tooth Dental Implant Solution

When a single tooth is missing, the most common treatment options are the conventional tooth supported bridge or a tooth replacement supported by a dental implant. A dental implant provides several advantages over other tooth replacement options. In addition to looking and functioning like a natural tooth, a dental implant replaces a single tooth without sacrificing the health of neighboring teeth. The fabrication of a fixed bridge, requires that adjacent teeth be ground down to peg shapes in order to support the cemented bridge in place.

The bridge method of tooth replacement can be very cosmetic and functional for a period of time. However, a tooth supported bridge does not replace the bone that previously surrounded the root. Since there is no longer a root to hold the bone in place, the bone deteriorates, or melts away (bone resorption). Because a dental implant will replace your tooth root, the bone is better preserved. Dental implants integrate with your jawbone, helping to keep the bone healthy and intact.

In the long term, a single implant can be more cosmetic and easier to keep clean than a bridge. Gums can recede around a bridge, leaving a visible defect when the metal base or collar of the bridge becomes exposed. Resorbed bone beneath the bridge can lead to an unattractive smile. And, the cement holding the bridge in place can wash out, allowing bacteria to decay the teeth that anchor the bridge. Dental implants are made of medical grade titanium. As such, they are not subject to tooth decay (cavities). A dental implant does not have a root canal so there will never be a need for root canal treatment which may be needed after a bridge is made. Every case is different. The space, gum tissue and underlying bone must be appropriate to place the dental implants. When you schedule your FREE CONSULTATION, we can determine if you are a suitable candidate for implant bridges to replace your missing teeth.

There are many advantages for using an implant to replace a single missing tooth as opposed to using the traditional bridge method.

  • It looks, feels and functions like a natural tooth
  • It is much more esthetic long term
  • It does not decay
  • There is no need to grind down the adjacent natural teeth
  • The bone is preserved, preventing a visible bony defect
  • It is more hygienic (easier to clean) than a tooth supported bridge

Contact our office for a free consultation to determine of you are a candidate for dental implants.

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