Missing a single tooth in Porter? You're not alone! Tooth loss is incredibly common, and an estimated 178 million Americans are missing at least one. Whether it was from an accident, genetics, gum disease, or a large cavity, you'll need to have a full complement of teeth in the future to have good oral health and self-confidence. Fortunately, we have multiple options, including single dental implants that are particularly ideal. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Price and find out how you can restore your smile!
Single Tooth Replacement Options
There are multiple ways to replace a single missing tooth, including a fixed bridge and a dental implant. Below, you'll learn more about the fundamental differences between them, including the fact that an implant replaces the root and crown of a missing tooth, while a bridge only replaces the crown. During your consultation, we'll tell you more about each choice and discuss our recommendations to help you make the best decision:
- Fixed bridge – Just as the name implies, a fixed bridge is cemented into place and can't be removed. The procedure involves placing dental crowns on the two adjacent, healthy teeth on either side of an empty space. These teeth then act as support for a prosthetic tooth (dental crown) in the middle to bridge the gap. With good oral hygiene habits and regular checkups, a fixed bridge will last 10-15 years (on average).
- Single tooth implant – For this option, a single implant (which is a surgical-grade titanium post) is placed in your jaw to replace the root of your missing tooth. After it's been given 3-6 months to fuse with the surrounding jawbone, it's then completed with a single dental crown that's matched to the rest of your smile to look very natural.
The Benefits of Implant-Supported Single Tooth Replacement
Most people are good candidates for dental implants in Porter, and we often recommend them for single tooth replacement because of the many benefits they provide:
- Look and feel natural - Implants feel so natural that you may have a hard time distinguishing between your implant and your own teeth.
- Considered a permanent solution – Implants can last 30 years or more.
- Your other teeth aren't affected – A bridge permanently alters healthy teeth on either side of your missing tooth by putting dental crowns on them. With an implant, these teeth remain untouched.
- Prevents bone loss – Bone loss naturally begins to occur when a tooth is lost. Implants preserve the size and shape of your jawbone, helping you maintain your youthful facial structure over time.
- Superior chewing strength – Since implants replace your entire tooth, root and crown, their strength is comparable to natural teeth. This gives you superior chewing strength and allows you to eat a more balanced diet.