Single Tooth Dental Implants – South Austin, TX
Replace Your Tooth for Long-Term Success!
It’s common for people who are only missing one tooth to not bother with replacement. While they may assume that little harm will come from missing a single tooth, it’s not something you should put off if you want to maintain positive long-term oral health. Missing just one tooth dramatically increases your risk for future tooth loss, which is why it’s worth it to start reviewing your options, especially if you lost the tooth recently.
Single Tooth Replacement Options
If you’re trying to replace teeth, you generally have two options to pick from. This includes fixed bridges, which is the more traditional route, or dental implants.
Fixed bridges or a crown and bridge, are designed to restore the visible portions of your smile. This includes the crown, but does not include the root. The bridge consists of three to four crowns fused together, with the crowns on either end hollowed out so they can be placed on top of healthy existing teeth. The notable benefits of fixed bridges is that they prevent neighboring teeth from shifting into the open space and look incredibly natural.
In contrast, dental implants replace the entire tooth structure, which includes the root. This titanium post is integrated with your existing bone and gum tissue, creating an incredibly stable fit. Like a fixed bridge, it is not designed to be removed and replaces the visible portion of teeth. Unlike fixed bridges, it stimulates bone tissue and restores many of the functions previously lost after the tooth was extracted.
Benefits of Implant-Supported Single Tooth Replacements
Fixed bridges work to solve some issues that accompany tooth loss, but not nearly as many as dental implants do. For example, dental implants provide the stimulation necessary to maintain your fullest biting force possible. Fixed bridges will only restore your biting force minimally because they don’t stimulate your jawbone, while dental implants can help you restore it as much as 90 percent.
Additionally, dental implants:
- Last anywhere between 25 and 30 years (nearly two to three times as long as bridges, which last between 10 and 15 years)
- Feel more natural because of their integration with bone tissue
- Require zero removal of existing tooth structure to place