In most people’s minds, a single missing tooth isn’t that big of a deal…unless it’s towards the front of the mouth. But, even a space towards the back that no one can see can lead to major problems if left alone. Eventually, the nearby teeth will begin to shift into the space, which can misalign the bite, leading to excess tooth wear, chronic jaw pain, and even more tooth loss! Rather than simply waiting and hoping this won’t happen, Dr. Asay can guarantee that your smile will stay happy and healthy by replacing the tooth with a custom-made restoration. Read on below to learn more about your options.
Why Choose Chisholm Trail Dental Health For Single Tooth Implants?
- Restorations Custom-Made Using Strong, Lifelike Materials
- Partnered with Experienced Local Specialists
- Comfortable & Friendly Office Environment
How We Can Replace a Single Tooth
The two ways we can replace a single tooth include:
- A Dental Bridge: This has been the go-to solution for restoring single teeth for generations, and they are still used widely today. They work by placing dental crowns on the teeth on either side of the absent one, and these are bonded to an additional crown that fills in the middle. In addition to looking natural and helping a patient chew normally, bridges can also prevent the teeth from shifting like we mentioned above.
- A Single Tooth Implant: Rather than just sitting on top of the gums like a bridge, a dental implant actually replaces the entire tooth from root to crown. First, a small titanium post is placed into the jawbone where the tooth used to be, and this is attached to an all-porcelain crown. The root will actually bond with the surrounding jawbone just like a natural one, making it extremely stable.
The Advantages of Getting a Dental Implant
While both bridges and dental implants are able to deliver excellent results, implants offer multiple perks that you just can’t get with any other treatment, such as:
- With a bridge, two healthy teeth have to be reshaped and filed down to make room for the prosthetic. This step is unnecessary with a dental implant, however, as the new tooth can be placed into the mouth without disturbing the nearby dental structure.
- Dental implant roots actually stimulate the jawbone and prevent the atrophy that is common after tooth loss. This will help a patient maintain a fuller and younger looking facial appearance as the years go by. Bridges simply can’t do this.
- Implants tend to be more stable compared to bridges and make patients feel more secure while eating and speaking.
- The typical bridge will last for about 10 years, while the average dental implant can be expected to last for an impressive 30 years.
Which Option is Right For You?
This really depends on your preferences! Do you want a replacement that is as close to a natural tooth as possible? Then you should definitely get a dental implant. Or, do you want a prosthetic you can get relatively quickly that doesn’t require minor surgery? If so, then a bridge might be better. Dr. Asay can go over your options in greater detail when you come to see him for a consultation.
No matter which one you choose, replacing your tooth is always a wise move, and you’re guaranteed to enjoy a stronger, healthier smile as the years go by. To schedule an appointment at Chisholm Trail Dental Health, click here.