Most of the patients we receive here at Family Implant & Reconstructive Dentistry who are suffering from tooth loss are only looking to restore a single missing tooth. Fortunately, for patients who are missing a single tooth, there are a couple of different treatments we can use to restore that missing tooth and have them smiling once again. The two most common treatments used for patients who are missing a single tooth are the dental bridge and the dental implant. Each of these treatments comes with a unique set of advantages and disadvantages, and it is important that you be well-informed on both before making a decision on which to use. Read on to learn more.
Not long ago, the dental bridge was the most popular method for restoring a single missing tooth. A dental bridge is a set of porcelain crowns, usually three of them, that have all been fused together. The middle crown is the one that takes the place of the missing tooth, and will sit on your gums, supported by the remaining two crowns, which are carefully fitted around the two bordering teeth.
Dental bridges come with many unique benefits that keep them requested even today. For instance, bridges can be provided quickly and affordably, allowing them to get you smiling again quickly and without going outside of your budget. Bridges are also commonly supported by dental insurance, allowing you to receive them without having to cover much of their cost. The crowns used to make dental bridges are also custom-made to fit the look of your remaining natural teeth. Because of this, no one will be able to tell them apart from your natural teeth.
In order for the support crowns to fit over the teeth directly bordering the missing tooth, you will need to have these teeth filed down. This damage is irreversible and will permanently alter the look and form of these teeth. Should you need to have your dental bridge removed, these teeth will be immediately noticeable. By filing down these teeth, a lot of the defensive enamel is removed from them, making them more susceptible to attack from tooth decay and other dental conditions.
Dental implants are quickly becoming the most requested treatment for patients who are suffering from a single missing tooth. Made to perfectly replicate the form and function of a natural tooth, dental implants are fused to your jawbone, much like real teeth are. This fusion is possible because implants are made from titanium, which is a biocompatible alloy that your body doesn’t recognize as unnatural.
Dental implants come with many unique benefits for our patients looking to restore a single missing tooth. For instance, the implant is held permanently in place by your jawbone, ensuring that it will not move or get loose. This fusion also allows your body to manipulate your dental implant as if it were a natural tooth, ensuring that your implants feel no different than your natural teeth. They are also capped with custom-made porcelain crowns, allowing them to fit in among your remaining teeth.
Dental implants tend to not be covered by dental insurance. Because of this, you will need to cover the cost of your treatment by your own means, be it with your own money or through financing. Another reason people may choose other treatments over dental implants is because they require surgery to be placed.
Are you currently looking to restore a single missing tooth, but are unsure of what treatment may be able to provide the best results for your needs? Then contact our office and speak with Dr. Richard Grubb. We can schedule you for a consultation, where your oral health will be carefully examined in order to determine your specific dental health needs. With this information, we can then help you determine whether you would benefit more from treatment with a dental bridge or with a dental implant.