Single Tooth Replacement
A single missing tooth can change the appearance of your smile and impact your confidence. Whether you lost your tooth due to a disease, an accident, or due to a genetic condition, a missing tooth can make life challenging. Fortunately, there are several ways to restore your smile.
Restorative dentistry has come a long way since its ancient origins. Replacing missing or damaged teeth is far more accessible and safe than ever, and several possible approaches can be taken to provide a replacement.
At Phillips Prosthodontics, prosthodontists is skilled in performing various restorative dentistry procedures to help you get that smile back. From dental implants to replace single missing teeth to the All-on-4® Treatment Concept for multiple tooth replacement, you can rest assured that you can get your confident smile back with the right help.
If you find yourself needing a single tooth replaced, a Dental Implant is the best alternative to a conventional fixed bridge. They look and feel so natural; you might even forget you ever had a missing tooth!
Dental implants are the most common method for tooth replacement in modern dentistry. Some of the benefits of dental implants include the fact that it is a reliable and permanent solution. Multiple and single-tooth replacement through dental implants offers a solution that looks and feels like your natural teeth. Dental implants provide a permanent solution for replacing single or several teeth. Provided you take good care of your oral health during the recovery, they can last you a lifetime without any problems because the dental implants effectively replace your missing tooth’s roots with a metallic implant that does not deteriorate.
What you Should Know about Single Tooth Replacement
An implant allows the missing tooth to be replaced without affecting any of the surrounding teeth. One alternative to an implant crown is a 'bridge' or fixed partial denture. However, a bridge requires the adjacent natural teeth to be ground down to provide support for the restoration. This compromises the teeth and can make replacement more difficult in the future.
Your implant is composed of three parts: the actual implant which provides stability, a crown to replace the missing tooth and an abutment which connects the crown to the implant. Because a dental implant will replace your tooth root, it preserves the bone better. Once your implant is secure, an abutment and crown are attached; creating a solid surface for chewing that will last many years.
While an implant is often the ideal solution for a missing tooth, there are times when a conventional bridge may be a better option. For example, when the adjacent teeth already need treatment or if an implant can not be placed due to space issues.
Good oral hygiene, including flossing, is very important to maintaining a healthy single tooth implant or conventional fixed bridge. Proper care of whichever method of tooth replacement you chose, will ensure the longest possible lifespan of your restoration.
Tooth-supported bridges are a replacement solution that use your healthy teeth to support placing a bridge containing the replacement teeth. Instead of having implants surgically installed in your jawbone, these bridges rely on your existing teeth for support to replace the missing one. As economical as it is, the procedure might not be effective because of the strain it can put on the existing teeth.
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There are several excellent options you can explore to remedy a missing tooth, regardless of how you lost it. Each option has features that make it more suitable for some cases than others. Scheduling an appointment with a dental surgeon to thoroughly examine your missing teeth and overall dental health can help you identify the best possible solution for you to explore.
Now that you're aware of the different ways single-tooth replacement can be done, it's time to take the next step and schedule your evaluation. Contact Phillips Prosthodontics for your single tooth replacement procedure by calling us at 336-274-5400 today.