Single Tooth Dental Implants – Edison, NJ
Replacing Roots & Crowns for Flawless Smiles
Many people who are missing a single tooth choose not to replace it. They may think that because they can still eat without too much difficulty, there is no reason to spend time and money on filling in the gap. They may not even be concerned about aesthetics, especially if the lost tooth is toward the back of their mouth. However, such thinking is flawed. Even a single missing tooth can lead to serious consequences. For example, the adjacent teeth may drift out of place and cause a misaligned bite. The bone where the tooth was once anchored will begin to deteriorate, and the risk of future tooth loss increases.
How can you avoid such issues? Visit Edison Prosthodontics to discuss your options for single tooth replacement.
Why Choose Edison Prosthodontics for Dental Implants?
- Guided Implant Surgery
- In-House Digital Scanner
- Zirconia Implants Available
Single Tooth Replacement Options
There are essentially two ways in which your prosthodontist in Edison may replace a single lost tooth:
A traditional fixed bridge, sometimes known as crown and bridge or crown and bridgework, is a multi-unit prosthetic. It includes two crowns, which get placed over the teeth next to the empty space (the abutment teeth). The crowns support an artificial tooth, called a pontic, between them. Fixed bridges are a popular treatment because they are sturdy, they are excellent at preventing dental drift, and they can last for 10 years or longer. Depending on which material is used to make a bridge, it may also offer lifelike aesthetics.
Benefits of Implant-Supported Single Tooth Replacement
While both bridges and dental implants can provide reliable tooth replacement, the latter are the superior option for several reasons:
- Bone health support. A traditional bridge does not prevent bone deterioration in the jaw, but a dental implant stimulates the surrounding bone tissue and helps to keep it strong and whole.
- No damage to the surrounding teeth. Placing a fixed bridge requires that the abutment teeth be filed down so they will fit well beneath their crowns. Since a dental implant is self-supporting, it allows the nearby natural teeth to remain intact.
- A dental implant has the potential to last for decades. It may even endure for the rest of your life!
- Easy maintenance. You can care for a dental implant in almost exactly the same way in which you would care for a natural tooth. A traditional bridge, on the other hand, may require that you floss beneath the pontic.
Are you ready to speak to an expert about your options for single tooth replacement? Dr. Shah and the rest of the time at Edison Prosthodontics are ready to serve you — get in touch today!