If you’re missing only one tooth, it can be tempting to not undergo tooth replacement. You might think that just one missing tooth isn’t a big deal, especially if it’s in the back of the mouth and no one can see it. However, even one missing tooth can negatively impact your oral health. Unlike some other medical conditions that get better if you leave them alone, dental issues actually worsen if you ignore them. Even losing a single tooth can lead to deterioration of the jawbone and gum tissue, as well as the shifting of your remaining teeth. To prevent these problems, it’s important to get your teeth replaced with dental implants in Sylacauga. They replace both the root and the crown of the tooth, restoring the look, feel, and function back to your pearly whites and keeping your oral health in check.
When it comes to replacing just one missing tooth, patients typically have two options: a fixed bridge or a single tooth implant.
A fixed bridge consists of an artificial tooth prosthesis connected to two dental crowns. These crowns are attached to the two teeth on either side of the gap in your smile to provide support for the replacement tooth. Bridges look and feel quite natural and prevent the adjacent teeth from drifting into the gap and causing problems. However, they don’t look and feel quite as natural as dental implants in Sylacauga.
This option replaces the root of the missing tooth, not just the crown. For this procedure, Dr. Redmond, your trusted dentist in Sylacauga, will surgically place the dental implant beneath your gumline. The implant is a small titanium post that perfectly mimics the root of the tooth you have lost. This minimally invasive procedure involves Dr. Redmond making a small incision in the gums to access your jawbone. Although your gums will heal quickly, you will have to wait a few months while your jawbone heals before your crown can be placed. During these few months, your jawbone will actually grow around the implant post to provide stability that other methods of tooth replacement simply can’t deliver.
Although fixed bridges and dental implants both restore the function and appearance of your smile, implants offer several benefits that other methods cannot, such as:
If you’re ready to restore the look, feel, and function of your missing tooth with a single implant today, contact us to schedule a consultation to see if it’s the right treatment for you.