Single Tooth Dental Implants – Park Cities, Dallas, TX
Fill in the Gap for a Flawless Smile
Many people who are missing a single tooth choose not to replace it. They may believe that since they can still chew without too much difficulty, there is no real reason to replace the tooth. They might not even be concerned about aesthetics. However, such thinking is dangerous. Even a single missing tooth can lead to serious complications. The bone that once supported the tooth will begin to deteriorate. Adjacent teeth may drift out of place, and further tooth loss may eventually occur. How can you prevent such issues? Your dentist in Park Cities offers effective, natural-looking single tooth replacement solutions.
Why Choose R. David Brumbaugh, DDS for Single Tooth Replacement?
- Traditional and implant-supported options available
- Comfortable, personalized treatment
- Dentist with advanced training in restorative techniques
Single Tooth Replacement Options
There are essentially two ways in which a dentist can replace a single lost tooth:
A traditional fixed bridge, sometimes called a crown and bridge, is a multi-unit prosthetic. It consists of two bridges, which get placed on the teeth next to the empty space — the abutment teeth. The crowns support a pontic (an artificial tooth) between them. Fixed bridges are popular because they are sturdy, long-lasting, cost-effective, and good at preventing dental drift. They can be constructed out of various materials, including both metal and porcelain. Porcelain crowns offer the most natural-looking results.
A single tooth dental implant is a prosthetic tooth root. Implants are usually made out of a titanium alloy, which is a biocompatible material that has a proven track record of working well within the human body. During a minimally invasive surgery, an implant gets inserted into the jawbone at the site of a missing tooth. Then, it bonds with the surrounding tissue in a process known as osseointegration, which typically takes at least a few months. Following osseointegration, Dr. Brumbaugh designs a porcelain custom crown to go on top of the implant and replace the visible portion of the lost tooth.
The Benefits of Implant-Supported Single-Tooth Replacement
Both fixed bridges and dental implants in Park Cities provide reliable tooth replacement. However, Dr. Brumbaugh generally recommends dental implants as the superior option because of the many distinct benefits they offer.
- Because dental implants replace the tooth roots rather than just the crowns, they prevent the jawbone from deteriorating.
- A fixed bridge requires that the abutment teeth be filed down. A dental implant is self-supporting and usually allows nearby teeth to remain intact.
- Dental implants closely imitate the structure of natural teeth. They therefore provide the highest level of comfort and function possible.
- It is easy to care for dental implants. You just have to maintain excellent oral hygiene and visit your dentist for regular checkups.
- A dental implant has the potential to last for 30 years of longer if it receives proper care, while a fixed bridge may last for just 10 years or so before replacement becomes necessary.
Ready to Recomplete Your Smile?
Would you like to learn more about dental implants and how they can help you to enjoy the healthiest smile possible? Contact our team today to schedule a consultation.