Single Tooth Replacement
If you find yourself needing a single tooth replaced, a Dental Implant is the best alternative to a conventional fixed bridge. They look and feel so natural; you might even forget you ever had a missing tooth!
What you Should Know about Single Tooth Replacement
An implant allows the missing tooth to be replaced without affecting any of the surrounding teeth. One alternative to an implant crown is a ‘bridge’ or fixed partial denture. However, a bridge requires the adjacent natural teeth to be ground down to provide support for the restoration. This compromises the teeth and can make replacement more difficult in the future.
Your implant is composed of three parts: the actual implant which provides stability, a crown to replace the missing tooth and an abutment which connects the crown to the implant. Because a dental implant will replace your tooth root, it preserves the bone better. In the long term, a single implant can look better and be easier to clean than a bridge. Gums can recede around a bridge, which might lead to the metal base or collar of the bridge to be exposed. Resorbed bone beneath the bridge can lead to an unattractive smile. Finally, the cement holding the bridge can crumble, allowing bacteria in and to decay the anchor teeth. Once your implant is secure, an abutment and crown are attached; creating a solid surface for chewing that will last many years, possibly a lifetime.
In some cases, a conventional bridge may be the best option, especially if the adjacent teeth already need treatment or if an implant can’t be placed due to space issues.
Good oral hygiene, including flossing, is very important to maintaining a healthy single tooth implant or conventional fixed bridge. Proper care of whichever method of tooth replacement you chose, will ensure the longest possible lifespan of your restoration.