Single Tooth Replacement – Plano, TX
Fill in the Gap to Complete Your Smile
If you are missing just one tooth, you may not have even considered replacing it. After all, you can still chew food. If the gap is in the back of your mouth, you may not even have any aesthetic concerns about your missing tooth. But did you know that a single missing tooth can have serious consequences for your oral health? The teeth around the gap may begin to drift out of place, leading to misalignment and bite problems. Your jawbone may also begin to deteriorate. Before such problems afflict you, you should explore your options for single tooth replacement in Plano.
Single Tooth Replacement Options
There are basically two ways to replace a single missing tooth:
A fixed bridge is a custom-made prosthesis. It has two crowns, which get placed over the teeth that are adjacent to the empty space. An artificial tooth is supported by the crowns. This treatment option is popular because it is relatively quick and affordable. It can also offer a natural appearance and a strong bite. It even serves to keep the remaining natural teeth in their proper places.
A single tooth implant is a small cylinder, usually made of titanium, that our team surgically places beneath the gumline in a minimally invasive procedure. It serves to replace the root of the missing tooth. The soft tissue at the surgical site heals fairly quickly, but it may take a few months before the bone recovers. During this recovery period, something astounding happens. The bone actually fuses to the implant, creating the strongest base possible for the new tooth. Eventually, we will place a custom-made dental crown on top of the implant to finish restoring your smile.
The Benefits of Implant-Supported Single-Tooth Replacement
We often recommend dental implants in Plano as the best way to replace a missing tooth due to the many advantages they offer.
- A traditional fixed bridge requires that we significantly modify the structure of your natural teeth. An implant helps us to preserve as much of your healthy dental structure as possible.
- Since an implant bonds with the bone around it, it can prevent the jaw from losing mass and density.
- An implant has the potential to last for 30 years or longer if it is properly cared for. A fixed bridge may last for only 10 – 15 years or so.
- An implant-supported crown looks and functions like a natural tooth. Once it is in place, you’ll be able to brush and floss the area according to your normal routine.
Contact Dental Renaissance Today
Dr. Blankenship has undergone extensive training and experience with dental implants. In fact, he is pursuing his Fellowship accreditation with the American Academy of Implant Dentistry. If you would like to learn how he and the rest of our team can help you fill in the gap in your smile, contact Dental Renaissance today.