Single Tooth Dental Implants • Prosper, TX
Bring Back Your Smile’s Missing Piece
Many people underestimate the importance of a complete set of teeth. Hence, when they lose a tooth, they may not be in any hurry to replace it. After all, they can still chew without too much trouble. They may not even be bothered by the aesthetic problems that come with a missing tooth. However, such thinking is dangerous. Even a single missing tooth can lead to devastating oral health consequences, including dental drift of the adjacent teeth, bone deterioration in the jaw, and further tooth loss. At Texas Dental Surgery, our team of specialists can help you prevent such issues via a single tooth dental implant.
Why Choose Texas Dental Surgery for Single Tooth Replacement?
- On-staff specialists with years of experience
- Receive a temporary crown right away
- Enjoy sturdy, long-lasting, and natural-looking results
Single Tooth Replacement Options
There are basically two ways in which you can replace a single missing tooth:
A traditional fixed bridge is a prosthetic that relies on the remaining natural teeth for support. In most cases, a bridge consists of two crowns, which fit over the abutment teeth (the teeth on either side of the gap). An artificial tooth “bridges” the empty space. May individuals choose to receive a bridge from their general dentist because the treatment is relatively fast and affordable. A well-made bridge can be quite comfortable and offer a natural appearance.
A single tooth dental implant does not require support from the adjacent teeth. Rather, an implant is a small titanium post that replaces the root of the lost teeth. After we place the implant within your jawbone, your body will initiate a process known as osseointegration, wherein it will bond with the implant. Osseointegration may take several months. During that period, you’ll have a temporary crown on top of the implant. After the bond between your bone and the implant is nice and strong, you’ll receive a permanent, custom-made crown to replace the temporary one.
Benefits of Implant-Supported Single Tooth Replacement
In the vast majority of cases, a single tooth implant is a better way to replace a lost tooth than a fixed bridge. That is because dental implants offer many advantages that regular dental bridges simply cannot provide:
- Placing a bridge requires that the abutment teeth be filed down to fit beneath their crowns. An implant is self-supporting, so it lets your remaining natural teeth remain intact.
- An implant stimulates the jawbone and prevents it from losing mass. A fixed bridge does not support bone health.
- A dental implant can last for decades, whereas a bridge may endure for just 10 years or so.
- A dental implant looks, feels, and functions like a natural tooth. You might even forget that it’s there!
Contact Texas Dental Surgery Today
Are you ready to fill in the gap in your smile with a dental implant? Contact our team today to schedule your consultation.