Replace Your Smile’s Missing Piece
Many people who are missing a single tooth choose not to replace it. They might think that because they can still chew most foods without too much difficulty, there is no reason to spend time and money on getting a new tooth. If the empty space is toward the back of the mouth, they may not even have any aesthetic concerns about it.
However, what such individuals do not realize is that even a single missing tooth can have devastating consequences for their oral health. As soon as you lose a tooth, the bone that once supported it begins to deteriorate. The adjacent teeth may drift out of place. Eventually, further tooth loss can occur. To prevent such issues, tooth replacement is necessary. Dr. Gutman and our team will be happy to help you fill in the gap so you can regain a complete, healthy smile.
Single Tooth Replacement Options
At Perfect Smiles of Bensalem, we offer two treatments for single tooth replacement:
A traditional fixed bridge consists of two crowns, which get placed on the teeth adjacent to the gap, and an artificial tooth that “bridges” the empty space. A fixed bridge can be quite sturdy, and it will prevent the remaining natural teeth from drifting out of place. Depending on the material used to make it, this type of restoration can even look and feel quite natural. Many individuals flock to fixed bridges because the treatment is relatively fast and affordable.
A single tooth dental implant does not rely on the surrounding teeth for support. Rather, it is a small titanium post that we surgically place beneath the gum line. It acts as a substitute for the root of the missing tooth. After the placement procedure, the implant and the bone around it bond with one another in a process known as osseointegration. Following osseointegration, we place a custom crown on top of the implant to replace the visible portion of the missing tooth.
Benefits of Implant Supported Single Tooth Replacement
Either a fixed bridge or a single tooth implant offers reliable tooth replacement. However, an implant provides several outstanding advantages that make it the superior option in most cases:
- Self-supporting. A bridge requires the support of the adjacent teeth, which means those teeth must be modified in order to fit beneath their crowns. Because an implant is self-supporting, the neighboring teeth can remain intact.
- Bone health. An implant stimulates the surrounding bone, helping to keep it strong and thick. A fixed bridge does not promote bone health.
- Longevity. A bridge may last for 10 years or so, but a dental implant has the potential to last a lifetime.
- Natural look and feel. Because a dental implant mimics the structure of a real tooth, it looks and feels extremely natural — even more natural than a fixed bridge.
Contact Perfect Smiles of Bensalem Today
Dr. Gutman and our team are proud to provide dental implants, fixed bridges, and a broad range of other restorative treatments. To learn more about how we can replace your missing tooth and help you avoid the complications of an incomplete smile, contact our office today.