Many people who are missing just one tooth choose not to replace it. Since they can still chew comfortably, they might not see any reason to fill in the gap in their smile. They might not even be concerned about aesthetics, especially if the lost tooth is at the back of the mouth. However, such reasoning is a mistake! Choosing not to undergo tooth replacement can lead to a number of serious consequences. The remaining natural teeth may drift out of place, causing misalignment and an uncomfortable bite. The jawbone and gum tissue will begin to deteriorate. Eventually, further tooth loss may occur.
At Tylan Creek Family Dentistry, we offer treatments that can fill in the empty space, prevent dental problems, and help you enjoy a healthy, complete smile for many years to come.
There are two treatments that can replace a single missing tooth:
A fixed bridge, otherwise called crown and bridgework, is a dental prosthesis that has crowns which fit over the teeth next to the empty space (the abutment teeth). The crowns support an artificial tooth between them. Many patients choose to receive a dental bridge because the treatment is relatively fast and affordable. A bridge can be quite natural looking, prevent dental drift, and restore full dental function.
A single tooth dental implant does not require the support of abutment teeth. Rather, we place a small titanium post beneath the gum line in a minimally invasive surgery. Over a period of a few months, the implant bonds with the bone around it, enabling it to act as a substitute for the root of the missing tooth. When the implant is ready, we attach an artificial tooth to the top of it.
Either a bridge or a single tooth implant offers a reliable and sturdy way to replace a missing tooth. However, we often recommend implant-supported prosthetics to patients who are candidates for the treatment because of the many benefits that dental implants offer.
Are you ready to fill in the empty space in your mouth? Contact our team today to learn more about how dental implants in Piedmont, Simpsonville, and Greenwood can restore your smile and prevent future dental problems.