When you’ve lost a single tooth, it may not feel like an urgent situation. Unfortunately, too many adults fall under the belief that a single missing tooth doesn’t need to be replaced immediately — but it couldn’t be more false. Left un-replaced, even one missing tooth can lead to a host of additional issues, like a degenerating jawbone, dissolving gum tissue, shifting teeth and eventually even more tooth loss later on. When you’ve lost a single tooth, learn about your options for replacement from Dr. Dale F. Spadafora and act quickly to maintain strong oral and overall health.
Your Options in Single Tooth Replacement
You’ve got two good options when it comes to replacing a single tooth — a fixed bridge or a single tooth implant. The one that’s right for you will depend on your unique smile.
- Fixed bridge: Like the name suggests, a fixed bridge creates a literal bridge over the gap left by the missing tooth. A dental crown is secured onto the teeth that surround the gap, anchoring the prosthetic replacement that fits between. This option looks and acts just like your natural tooth, and it also prevents the surrounding teeth from drifting into the new space.
- Single tooth implant: A dental implant is the most comprehensive choice you can make in tooth replacement. Unlike a fixed bridge, the implant gives you back the visible portion of the tooth as well as its root. This whole-tooth replacement provides more stability and increases oral health, too. Because the implant is surgically placed, a longer recovery time is necessary (usually three to four months) but it’s well worth the investment in time.
Added Benefits of Single Tooth Implants
Fixed bridges are a fast, effective solution, but we mean it when we say nothing replaces teeth like dental implants. The benefits of implant-retained prosthetics are many — some added advantages include the following:
- With a single tooth implant, the surrounding teeth are left untouched (unlike the anchoring teeth used in a fixed bridge).
- Your jawbone stays healthy and whole with the stimulation from a dental implant.
- A dental implant restores your ability to eat, speak and smile with a natural feel.
- Dental implants can usually be expected to last the wearer’s lifetime. Dental bridges, on the other hand, usually need replacement or restoration after 10 years.
Contact Us for Single Tooth Replacement Today!
Don’t wait another day to have your single tooth replaced. Act quickly for better oral and overall health! Contact Dr. Dale F. Spadafora’s office today to schedule your consultation for tooth replacement. We’ll discuss your options and help you make the absolute best decision for your smile. Book your visit today!