Tooth loss affects around 178 million Americans and affects more than just
the appearance of your smile. In fact, even if you're only missing a single
tooth in Frisco, your remaining teeth will start to shift and move. This
puts you at higher risk for multiple problems, including bite alignment
issues, uneven wear, gum disease, and cavities. Not to mention that your
self-confidence takes a hit from having a gap in your smile. However, by
replacing your missing tooth, you'll prevent all of these issues and enjoy
great oral health for many years. At Stonebriar Smile Design, we offer
multiple replacement options, including dental implants, which you can learn
more about below. And if you have any other questions or want to schedule a
at any time!
Single Tooth Replacement Options
All of our experienced dentists recognize that what's right for one patient
isn't always right for another, so we give you multiple treatment options
whenever possible. We'll discuss the pros and cons of two different
procedures with you during your consultation: a fixed dental bridge and a
single dental implant. In the meantime, here's a basic description of how
each one works:
A dental bridge – A bridge is a fixed prosthetic
tooth that's supported by the two healthy teeth on either side. These two
teeth will each have dental crowns that are fused to a third crown in the
middle, bridging the gap created by a missing tooth. A bridge is
non-removable and can be expected to last 10-15 years with proper care.
A single dental implant – While a bridge only
replaces the crown of a missing tooth, an implant replaces both the root
and In fact, the implant itself is actually a surgical-grade
titanium post that takes the place of a missing root. After it's been
placed in the jaw and given several months to fuse with the surrounding
tissue and bone, it's completed with a single, custom-made dental crown.
The Benefits of Implant-Supported Single Tooth Replacement
Although there are certain situations in which a bridge is a great choice,
dental implants in Frisco provide multiple benefits that a bridge doesn't:
Implants are considered permanent – Implants can
last 30 years or more with basic care and maintenance (e.g. good oral
hygiene habits and regular checkups).
Implants don't affect your other teeth – A bridge
requires that two of your healthy teeth are crowned so they can provide
support. With an implant, your other teeth won't be affected.
Implants feel and function more naturally - Since an
implant replaces the root and crown, it functions the same way a natural
tooth does. This provides more chewing strength than a bridge, which only
replaces the crown.
Implants maintain your jawbone – Implants trick
your body into thinking a tooth is still present in the jaw, which
preserves the size and shape of your jawbone. This prevents changes in
your facial structure that can lead to an aged appearance.
If you’re missing a single tooth and want to learn more about your
options, give us a call today to schedule a consultation. With many years of
will help you find the solution that's perfect for your smile!