Single Missing Tooth – West Seneca, NY
Enjoy a Complete Smile Again
During childhood, losing a tooth is an exciting, fun rite of passage. However, in your adult years, a single missing tooth can have a huge impact on your quality of life and your health. Not only can daily functions, such as chewing or speaking, become more challenging with a missing tooth, but you also increase the risk of additional tooth loss due to weakened support from an unstimulated jaw bone. If you’re missing a tooth, even in the back where it’s not as visually noticeable, you need to replace it so that you can have a strong, useful, and beautiful smile for years to come.
Options for Single Tooth Replacement
For one missing tooth, you have two choices: a dental bridge or a dental implant. As the name suggests, a bridge is an oral appliance that literally bridges the gap between two healthy teeth. Using these surrounding teeth as anchors, a bridge uses dental crowns that are fused together to fill in the empty space. This prosthetic keeps the other teeth from drifting out of position and looks natural to the untrained eye.
Unlike dental bridges, implants go beyond the gums’ surface to replace a missing tooth by mimicking its natural structure. A dental implant post is surgically placed into the jaw bone, where osseointegration or integration with the jaw bone occurs—just like with a natural tooth. Once this process is complete, an abutment or connection piece and a dental crown are placed on top. Overall, dental implants are the most highly recommended replacement method.
Benefits of Single Dental Implant
Dental implants are generally considered the best replacement choice for missing teeth. Why? They closely resemble the natural tooth structure and can therefore provide certain advantages that dental bridges can’t, including the following:
- No damage to surrounding teeth. Dental implants do not depend on or negatively impact the teeth around them.
- Preservation of the jaw bone. When implants keep the jaw bone stimulated, your other teeth have stronger support, and you retain your youthful facial shape.
- Long lifespan. Dental bridges need to be replaced about every 10 years, but dental implants can last a lifetime!
- Increased biting strength. Because they are firmly embedded in the jaw bone, dental implants are sturdy and restore most of your natural biting power.
Call to Schedule a Consultation Today
Are you ready to have a conversation about replacing your missing tooth? We can help you determine whether a dental bridge or a dental implant would best meet your needs and fit your lifestyle. Our expert team can perform every step of the process right here in our office in West Seneca, so you don’t have to worry about visiting multiple practices to get your tooth replaced. Contact us for an appointment today. We look forward to serving you soon!