Replacing missing teeth is always essential. Even a single lost tooth can negatively impact your oral health and function. After the loss of one tooth, surrounding teeth can shift to fill in the gap, and this will cause the whole smile to be misaligned. The surrounding teeth will also need to absorb the bite pressure of the lost tooth. This puts these teeth at greater risk for dental damage and decay. Overtime, your jawbone density and gum tissue volume will also be decreased, which can lead to further tooth loss. If you want to maintain the healthiest possible smile, you should replace a lost tooth as soon as possible. At Tarpon Shores Dental, we offer both implant-retained and traditional single tooth replacement options to renew oral and function. When you’re ready to start restoring your damaged smile, call to schedule your tooth replacement consultation at Tarpon Shores Dental. During your tooth replacement consultation appointment, we will review all of your treatment options and help you to develop a personalized plan to renew your oral health.
Following the loss of a single tooth, we can offer a traditional fixed bridge or implant supported dental crown. Depending on your unique situation, we will customize your single tooth replacement plan to meet your needs.
A traditional fixed bride is a tooth replacement prosthetic that uses dental crowns attached to healthy teeth to support one replacement tooth or several in a row. To place a fixed bridge, we need to remove a small amount of tooth structure from teeth on either side of the gap in your smile. Then, the replacement tooth is fused to dental crowns, and we attach the crowns to the remaining teeth. Once in placed your fixed bridge fills the gap in your smile, recreating lost tooth structures.
The single tooth dental implant restoration process is completed over several phases of treatment. We’ll begin by planning out the treatment process and preparing your smile by removing the damaged tooth or placing tissue grafts. Then, we surgically position the implant post. Once in place, your implant will take several months to fuse with the bone and gum tissue. When this integration process is complete, we’ll attach the abutment and design your dental crown. When we receive the custom crown from the dental lab, you return to our office where we attach the crown to the implant post.
While single tooth implants are more difficult to place than traditional fixed bridge restorations, there are numerous benefits to implant-retained dental crowns that make them worth the added time and monetary investments. Some of the many advantages you can look forward to include: