Missing One Tooth – Hamden, CT
The Best Way to Fill the Gap
Some people who are missing a single tooth choose not to fill in the empty space. They may reason that since they can still chew without too much difficulty, there is no reason to spend time and money on getting the tooth replaced. They may not even be concerned about aesthetics. However, such thinking is dangerous. Even one missing tooth can lead to serious consequences. For example, the remaining teeth can drift into the empty space and cause uncomfortable misalignment. The risk of future tooth loss also increases. Fortunately, you can prevent such complications by taking advantage of one of modern dentistry’s tooth replacement solutions.
Why Choose New Haven Dental Group for Single Tooth Replacement?
- Start-to-finish dental implant treatment
- Comfortable and compassionate care
- Natural-looking, long-lasting results
Single Tooth Replacement Options
There are essentially two ways to replace a single lost tooth:
- A fixed bridge, sometimes called a crown and bridge, is a multi-unit dental prosthetic. It has a crown on each end, which get placed over the teeth next to the empty space (the abutment teeth). The crowns support an artificial tooth (pontic) between them. A fixed bridge is very sturdy, can prevent dental drift, and is a relatively affordable treatment. If it is made out of porcelain, it can also provide pleasing aesthetics.
- A single tooth dental implant is a prosthetic tooth root, which is usually made out of a titanium alloy. During a minimally invasive surgery, we place an implant into the bone at the site of the missing tooth. Then, it bonds with the surrounding tissue during a process known as osseointegration. Following osseointegration, an implant is able to provide the sturdiest base possible for the crown that will replace the visible portion of the lost tooth.
Benefits of Implant-Supported Single Tooth Replacement
While both fixed bridges and single tooth dental implants in Hamden can provide reliable tooth replacement, dental implants have some distinct advantages:
- A fixed bridge may last for 10 years or so, whereas a dental implant has the potential to last a lifetime.
- No damage to nearby teeth. Placing a fixed bridge requires that the abutment teeth be filed down in order to fit beneath their crowns. A dental implant is self-supporting and usually allows the nearby teeth to remain completely intact.
- Jaw preservation. Because an implant fuses with the surrounding bone, it helps to prevent the bone deterioration that occurs after tooth loss.
- Natural look and feel. Dental implants imitate the structure of natural teeth and therefore provide the most comfortable and functional type of tooth replacement.
- Easy maintenance. You can care for a dental implant similarly to how you would care for a natural tooth. With a bridge, you will have to take extra time to clean beneath the pontic.
Contact New Haven Dental Group Today
Are you ready to replace your lost tooth? Contact our friendly team today to schedule your consultation. We are eager to help you regain a complete, healthy smile.