Missing One Tooth

missing_oneIf you are missing one tooth, it’s important to get it replaced. If you don’t, the teeth on either side will tip into the empty space, and the tooth below will drift up. This causes your bite to go out of alignment, which can lead to complicated problems such as TMJ disorder, periodontitis, or other problems with the teeth.

You have two primary options for replacing the missing tooth—a dental implant or a dental bridge.

Benefits of a Dental Implant

Dental implants have many benefits, not the least of which is a permanent restoration of a missing tooth. Additionally, these durable dental devices can provide natural-looking results and they can preserve jawbone density. Your smile will also be maintained, as the teeth surrounding the missing tooth should not become misaligned over time due to slippage. If you have already experienced bone loss, bone grafting can help restore this tissue and allow you to use a dental implant effectively. Dr. Chal can provide more information during your initial consultation and determine if a dental implant, bone grafting, or another technique is best for you.

It’s important to select a dentist who is extensively trained and qualified to perform dental implantation. If the implant is imprecisely placed or cheap materials are used, the implant could fail and you could develop an infection. To protect your health and results, we encourage you to carefully review the credentials of your chosen dental professional. Dr. Chal is a Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, and he works with an elite team of skilled oral surgeons, medical practitioners, and radiologists to deliver uncompromising care from start to finish.

Benefits of a Dental Bridge

Dental implants are a great option, but there are other exceptional restoration techniques available. A dental bridge is another common treatment for missing teeth. This procedure uses the teeth on either side of the missing tooth as supports for the fabricated replacement, which gives the appearance of a standard, healthy row of teeth. The adjacent teeth will be capped by hand-crafted dental crowns, and therefore will need to be filed down for this procedure. Done correctly using high quality materials, dental bridges can last for decades; however, low quality materials or poor technique can cause these restorations to fail. It’s essential for patients to select a dental practice with the skill, experience, and precision needed to provide a lasting outcome. Our state-of-the-art on-site lab and extensively trained dental team can create a very natural-looking porcelain crown that is durable and attractive, and the result can give you the confidence to smile again.

How do I choose between a dental implant and a dental bridge?

Both dental bridges and dental implants have benefits, and when done correctly either option can be an excellent choice. Most dentists agree that dental implants are the gold standard approach to replacing one or more missing teeth, as it does not require filing down healthy teeth, offers a permanent solution, and helps maintain jawbone strength and density. Some patients prefer dental bridges for many reasons, and in the event you have insufficient bone for a dental implant and bone grafting is not right for you, a dental bridge can be an excellent restorative option. At our practice, we offer high-strength zirconia ceramic bridges, which are designed to provide both beauty and durability. We will be happy to fully explain all your options during your consultation and help you find the ideal treatment for your needs and goals.

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