Missing Single Tooth – Arlington, TX
Rebuild Your Smile with an Expert
Advancements in dentistry have made it easier than ever before to replace your teeth, invigorate your smile, and ensure that chewing your favorite foods is easy again. Thankfully, you have multiple options to consider. Dr. Ravi Doctor never wants his patients to feel embarrassed about pursuing treatment. After all, millions of Americans are missing at least one tooth. The difference is you’re taking the steps to do something about it! To replace a single missing tooth in Arlington, give his office a call today!
Single Tooth Replacement Options
Even the most basic tasks can be very hard if you have an incomplete smile. Chewing and even talking become more difficult with every tooth you lose. While losing a single tooth may not seem like a big deal, it can dramatically affect your other oral structures, including your gums and bone tissue.
When a tooth is lost, the root of the tooth comes out right along with the visible crown. This causes your bone tissue to atrophy, which basically means break down. The more time passes without replacing your tooth, the weaker your biting force becomes. It also results in your neighboring teeth shifting out of place and having less foundation to stay secure.
Overall, the faster you get your tooth replaced, the better off you’ll be. Your options for replacing teeth include:
The more conventional route, dental bridges are made by fusing multiple crowns together to create one larger restoration. This bridge is placed on top of existing teeth which have been modified to hold the bridge in place. While this can effectively replace your tooth, it will only last for about 10 years before needing to be replaced.
Single Tooth Implants
Instead of relying on existing teeth to hold your replacement tooth, you can use a dedicated dental implant. Here, a titanium post is placed directly into your jawbone and gum tissue, effectively acting as a tooth root. Then, an abutment is placed into the implant so a custom-made, permanent crown can be affixed on top. This method provides many decades of use and in most cases lasts the rest of your life when properly maintained.
Benefits of Single-Tooth Implants
There are many benefits to consider when choosing dental implants over traditional dental bridges to replace teeth. These benefits include the following:
- Between 95 and 98 percent success rates after placement (especially when placed by someone experienced in implant dentistry like Dr. Doctor)
- Porcelain materials that look incredibly natural
- Stronger biting force for chewing your favorite foods
- No need to alter existing tooth enamel
- Stimulation of bone tissue to prevent your jaw from breaking down
- Reduced risk of tooth decay and gum disease
- Easy regular maintenance
- A cost-effective solution for tooth replacement