Single Tooth Replacement – Daytona Beach, FL
The Best Ways to Fill in the Gap
Many people who are missing a single tooth choose not to replace it. They may not want to spend the money on dental treatment. Furthermore, since they can still eat without trouble, they may reason that there is no harm in having a small gap in their mouth. However, is it really wise to forgo tooth replacement, even if you’re missing just one part of your smile? In fact, choosing not to fill in that little space can lead to severe long-term consequences. The teeth adjacent to the gap may drift out of place, leading to misalignment and perhaps even further tooth loss. The bone and gum tissue in the area may also begin to deteriorate.
If you are missing a single tooth in Daytona Beach, we recommend that you get it replaced as soon as possible. You’ll prevent future dental problems and enjoy all the benefits of a confident, complete smile.
Single Tooth Replacement Options
There are two treatments that can provide sturdy, reliable single tooth replacement:
A fixed bridge is a dental prosthesis that “bridges” the gap between your remaining natural teeth. It has two crowns, which fit over the abutment teeth (the teeth next to the empty space). An artificial tooth is suspended between the crowns. Many people opt for a fixed bridge because this treatment is relatively quick and affordable. It can result in a natural-looking, fully functional smile. It also has the ability to prevent the teeth around it from drifting out of place.
A single tooth dental implant is a small titanium cylinder that is placed beneath the gumline in a minimally invasive surgery. Following the placement procedure, the implant forms a bond with the bone tissue around it, enabling it to act as a substitute for the root of the missing tooth. Once you’ve had adequate time to heal from the placement surgery (several months), our team will place a custom dental crown on top of the implant to replace the visible portion of the missing tooth.
The Benefits of Implant Supported Single Tooth Replacement
We often recommend that our patients choose a dental implant to replace a single missing tooth rather than a bridge. We do so because of the many advantages that this treatment offers, including:
- Bone health. An implant helps to preserve the bone around it. Since a bridge only replaces the top part of a missing tooth, it can do nothing for jaw health.
- Longevity. An implant may last for 30 years or longer. A bridge typically lasts for 10 – 15 years.
- Natural function. An implant looks and functions almost exactly like a natural tooth.
- Protection for existing teeth. Placing a fixed bridge requires that we significantly alter the structure of the abutment teeth. A dental implant helps to preserve as much healthy dentition as possible.
Contact Indigo Dental Today
Are you ready to replace your missing tooth? Dr. Lloyd and the rest of our experienced team can fill in the gap and help you once again enjoy a complete, healthy smile. Contact us today to schedule your restorative consultation.