Are you on the brink of tooth loss? Now patients who are missing a single pearly white can have a strong, beautiful alternative to a fixed bridge. A stable dental implant will improve the form and function of your smile and thereby preserve or enhance your overall quality of life. A single dental implant will look, feel, and function like your natural tooth because of a titanium anchor attached to the jawbone. Keep reading to learn more about how this wonderful replacement option works, and how to find out whether or not it’s right for you!
SINGLE TOOTH REPLACEMENT OPTIONS
There are two main options for patients who are missing one tooth: a fixed bridge or a single dental implant.
A fixed bridge is made up of dental crowns placed over the two teeth that are adjacent to the gap in the smile. Between the two crowns, the replacement tooth (the “pontic”) is secured. In this way, a fixed bridge creates just that — a literal bridge to fill in the gap left by a single missing tooth. This option can be made from metal or porcelain, the latter being the most popular for its close resemblance to natural tooth enamel. A fixed bridge is an efficient way to replace a missing tooth. Furthermore, it prevents the surrounding teeth from drifting out of place and renews your ability to eat, speak, and smile with confidence.
Single Tooth Implant:
For eligible candidates, a single tooth implant offers the best solution for a missing tooth. A dental implant is a tiny post usually made of titanium. It is surgically implanted beneath the gum line where it will serve as a replacement for the missing tooth’s root structure. Once this procedure is complete, a healing period of 4 to 6 months is required for the implant post to fuse together with the jaw bone. The single tooth implant can offer increased stability and promote long-term health and wellness.
BENEFITS OF IMPLANT-SUPPORTED TOOTH REPLACEMENT
→ By imitating an entire tooth, from the root up, dental implants offer a prosthetic option that closely mimics the natural tooth structure.
→ Dental implant patients enjoy restored function, which allows for a balanced, nutritious diet of hard-to-chew foods.
→ Speech may also improve with the stability of a dental implant.
→ A dental implant can last a lifetime, while a dental bridge will typically need to be replaced every 15 to 20 years.
→ Strong and secure, your new smile will boost your confidence, enhance your appearance, and improve your quality of life!
LEARN MORE ABOUT SINGLE TOOTH REPLACEMENT!
If you are missing a tooth and interested in finding out whether you are eligible for replacement with a single dental implant, Dr. Herman is prepared to help you find the best solution for your smile. Don’t hesitate to contact our team to learn about how restorative dentistry can help you enjoy all the benefits of a complete smile once more.