Think it’s not important to replace a single missing tooth? Think again!
While many people feel this way, just one missing tooth can start a chain reaction that can lead to many oral and overall health issues. Once a tooth goes missing, the bone beneath it will begin to deteriorate and your jaw bone will slowly begin to shrink. The surrounding teeth will begin to shift into the empty space. It can also increase your chance of gum disease, decay, and further tooth loss. Luckily, Dr. David Rever offers many options to replace the tooth at his Silver Spring, MD dentist office.
Choosing the right treatment to replace your tooth can be overwhelming. The dental staff at Advanced Total Dental Care are here to help you weigh the pros and cons of each option. If you qualify, we will recommend a single dental implant that will support a dental crown to replace your tooth. This is the only option that will look and function like a real tooth.
Dental Implant Supported Crown
A dental implant is actually a screw-like metal post that is surgically implanted into the jaw bone. Its purpose is to support a dental crown and replace the missing tooth root. One of the greatest benefits to choosing an implant restoration is the implant will stimulate the bone as the tooth root once did and prevent bone loss.
The implant will need to be surgically implanted in the jaw and will then require about three to six months to fuse with the surrounding bone. After that, a small piece called an abutment is attached. This will only require an additional few weeks of healing then Dr. Rever will attach the dental crown at his Silver Spring, MD dentist office.
The benefits of choosing an implant-supported dental crown are that it will feel completely natural, allow you to eat normally, and smile comfortably. Caring for an implant-supported crown is no different than caring for your natural teeth. A dental implant-supported crown is the next best option after a real tooth.
The negatives to choosing a tooth implant include the amount of time it takes to complete the process and the total cost. A dental bridge or partial denture will cost a fraction of what an implant costs. The process to get a single dental implant can take up to seven months or more if pre-treatments are necessary.
Other Tooth Replacement Options
You can also choose a partial denture or a dental bridge to replace your tooth. A bridge is a fixed dental restoration that is made up of two dental crowns with the replacement tooth (the pontic) located in between them. They are fused together to make up the bridgework.
The downside to choosing this option is the adjacent teeth will need to grinded down to accommodate the crowns. Two healthy teeth will be permanently reduced to replace one tooth. This adds a lot of pressure to the two adjacent teeth and they are also at greater risk for decay. But a dental bridge will cost significantly less and can be placed in about 2-3 weeks.
A removable partial denture can also replace one tooth. The base will include metal clasps to hold it in place and a single replacement tooth. The downside to choosing this option is the clasps are often visible when you smile and it comes with a lot of restrictions.
A partial denture is known to slip around in the mouth causing slurred speech and may even fall out while you are talking. It requires nightly care in addition to your regular oral hygiene routine. While this option costs the least, it will not be nearly as natural as a tooth implant.
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