Most people will experience tooth loss at some point in their life. Whether it is from trauma or disease, you will probably lose at least one tooth eventually. Do not be fooled into thinking one lost tooth is no big deal. It can lead to oral health concerns and an unsightly gap in your smile. That void in your smile can lead to gradual bone weakening and loss in the jaw. It will also cause your teeth to shift which can cause bite issues and an increased risk of gum disease.
Dr. Durning Moore has advanced training in treating complex dental concerns including missing teeth. His dental practice, Charlotte Center for Complete Dentistry in Charlotte, NC, offers dental implants for the replacement of a single tooth. A single dental implant is a permanent solution and also the most natural one when compared to traditional fixed bridges and one tooth dentures.
A Single Tooth Dental Implant
A single tooth implant consists of just one dental implant that is surgically placed in the jaw bone at the location of the missing tooth. An implant is a screw-like post that will eventually fuse with the surrounding bone creating a stable and durable base for your false tooth. A small fixture called an abutment is attached to the implant and will support the restoration which is a dental crown. The crown is attached after about three to six months of healing time.
The Benefits of Choosing a Single Tooth Implant
An implant supported dental crown is the number one solution available and offers the most natural results. It will better preserve the jaw bone to prevent bone loss. It will also prevent unwanted shifting of the surrounding teeth. The crown will be screwed or cemented into place creating a secure and durable restoration. Your crown will look, feel and function just like your natural teeth and we ensure that it will blend in naturally with your surrounding teeth.
Implant supported crowns are easy to care for. You simply brush and floss as you normally would on a daily basis. Regular checkups at our Charlotte, NC dentist office will help you maintain proper oral health which will guarantee the longevity of your dental implant.
Other Treatment Options
Other not-so-natural options to replace your tooth include a dental bridge or a one tooth denture. A dental bridge requires you to sacrifice the health of your surrounding teeth to have it properly attached. The two adjacent teeth will need to be ground-down to accommodate the bridge. This will also add a significant amount of pressure to them. A single tooth implant does not involve utilizing your adjacent, healthy teeth in any way.
A one tooth partial denture sometimes requires metal clasps that are very noticeable while smiling or talking. They are typically not very natural looking and are not very durable. This will limit the types of food you are able to chew. This solution is usually used temporarily until the patient is able to get a fixed bridge or implant. A single tooth implant is a much more reliable and natural looking solution. Both of these alternative options will not stop the jaw bone from deteriorating. This means the will need to be adjusted or replaced often.