Single Missing Tooth – Williamsville, NY
Getting Your Healthy Smile Back on Track
When you lose your first tooth, you can experience many thoughts and emotions. You can feel embarrassed by the obvious gap in your smile, or you can feel frustrated because biting or chewing becomes more difficult. If your missing tooth is located near the back, you can think that you don’t need to replace it because it is out of sight.
Just one missing adult tooth can have a serious impact on your oral and overall health. You can struggle to eat nutritious foods, and your remaining teeth can slowly drift out of alignment. When this happens, your bite can change, potentially giving you pain in your jaw. Perhaps most importantly, when you lose a tooth, your jaw bone no longer draws blood flow and nutrients to the area, leading to atrophy and density loss. This can make your face appear older and saggy and put your remaining teeth at risk for loss in the future. For all these reasons, it’s important to replace your missing tooth!
Options for Replacing a Single Missing Tooth
Basically, you have two choices when it comes to replacing one tooth: a dental bridge or a dental implant. A dental bridge joins three dental crowns into a single restoration. The ends are hollowed out and bonded to the healthy teeth that surround the missing tooth, holding the replacement tooth in place. Although this solution is sturdy and maintains the spacing of your remaining teeth, a dental bridge addresses only the crown or top portion of the missing tooth, meaning that the deterioration in the jaw bone still occurs with a dental bridge.
In contrast, a dental implant starts by replacing the root structure. The implant post is surgically placed within the socket to stimulate the jaw bone, just like a natural tooth. After osseointegration has occurred, in other words after the bone has grown around the post, a connector piece called the abutment is placed. Finally a single dental crown is attached on top for a realistic look and feel.
Benefits of a Single Dental Implant
Because dental implants replicate the natural structure of teeth more accurately, they can provide certain advantages that traditional dental bridges just can’t. These include the following:
- No damage to healthy remaining teeth.
- Long potential lifespan of more than 30 years with the proper maintenance.
- Healthy jaw bone for retaining youthful appearance in the face.
- Increased bone and tissue support to avoid future tooth loss.
- Restored biting force that nearly equals that of a natural tooth.
- Having both the placement and restoration performed in one convenient location.
Are you ready to finally address your missing tooth and enjoy a full smile again? Contact Amherst Dental Group to schedule a consultation with us to get started. Our dental experts would be happy to help you regain a confident, strong smile.