Single Tooth Replacement – Carrollton, TX
Close the Gap and Prevent Oral Health Problems
Whether due to decay, trauma, or other circumstances, most people will end up losing a tooth at some point. Sadly, though, many choose not to replace that lost member of their smile. They may reason that since they can still eat relatively comfortably, there is no real reason to think about tooth replacement. They might not even be concerned about aesthetics. But replacing even a single missing tooth is vital! As soon as you lose a tooth, the bone that once supported it begins to be resorbed, and the gum tissue may begin to deteriorate. The teeth next to the empty space are likely to drift out of place, leading to a misaligned bite. Eventually, further tooth loss may occur.
At Celebration Family Dental, we offer treatments to help you fill in the gap and prevent future oral health problems.
Single Tooth Replacement Options
There are two options for single tooth replacement in Carrollton:
A fixed bridge is a dental prosthesis that “bridges” the empty space in the mouth. It has two crowns, which fit over the teeth next to the gap (the abutment teeth). A false tooth is supported between the crowns. Many patients choose to receive a bridge because the treatment is relatively fast and affordable. Moreover, a bridge can restore full dental function, prevent the remaining natural teeth from drifting out of place, and be quite natural-looking.
A single tooth implant is a small cylinder, usually made out of titanium, that gets surgically placed below the gum line in a minimally invasive procedure. As you heal from the surgery, a process known as osseointegration takes place. The implant and the bone around it fuse together, enabling the implant to act as a substitute for the root of the missing tooth. Once that bond is nice and strong, our team places a custom-made crown on top of the implant to replace the visible portion of the missing tooth.
The Benefits of Implant-Supported Single Tooth Replacement
Either a fixed bridge or an implant can provide a sturdy and reliable way to replace your missing tooth. However, we often recommend that patients choose dental implants in Carrollton because they offer some distinct advantages over bridges:
- Placing a bridge requires that we significantly modify the abutment teeth by removing some of their enamel. This step isn’t necessary with an implant, allowing us to preserve as much healthy dentition as possible.
- An implant has the potential to last for 30 years or longer, while a bridge may last for only 10 – 15 years or so.
- Since an implant provides comprehensive tooth replacement, it may function and feel more like a natural tooth.
- Because an implant bonds with the bone around it, it can preserve the jaw’s strength and shape. A bridge does little for bone health.
Contact Celebration Family Dental Today
Are you ready to replace your missing tooth? Contact Celebration Family Dental today to discover how our team of experts can fill in the gap and help you to once again be the owner of a healthy, complete smile.