Missing a Single Tooth – Southlake, TX
Complete Your Smile with a Dental Implant
Has an accident left you with an incomplete set of teeth? You shouldn’t let a gap in your smile stay empty for too long; your remaining teeth could start to move out of place, and you could develop all kinds of oral health issues as a result. No matter where it was located, a missing tooth should be replaced as soon as possible – and in many cases the ideal replacement will be a single dental implant. Contact Dr. Ravi Doctor today to learn more about your options for making your grin whole again.
Single Tooth Replacement Options
When a single tooth is missing, your options basically boil down to a fixed bridge or a dental implant.
- Fixed Bridges: By taking two crowns and placing them on healthy abutment teeth, we can suspend a pontic (artificial tooth) between them. This is called a dental bridge, and it can be designed to look and feel very natural while promoting good oral health and function. However, the only way to place a bridge is to make permanent adjustments to existing teeth.
- Single Tooth Implant: Instead of resting on other teeth, dental implants are placed in the bone below the gum line. The titanium post will act like a root for the dental crown that’s used to replace the normally visible portion of your teeth. Minor surgery is required to receive an implant, and three to four months of recovery are normally needed before you can get a crown. This is because in order to provide optimal stability and function, the post needs to fuse with the jawbone itself.
Benefits of Single Tooth Implants
For both dentists and patients, implants are usually the ideal choice for replacing a tooth. The benefits they offer include:
- Preservation: Implants stimulate the jawbone to help it maintain its own shape and density so that it can continue to support your teeth and facial muscles. You can also preserve the enamel of teeth that would otherwise need to be altered to support a bridge.
- Improved Function: Because they’re firmly rooted in the jaw, implants keep your prosthetic teeth extremely stable and provide them with chewing power that’s almost on par with natural teeth.
- Improved Appearance: We’ll top your implant with a lifelike all-ceramic crown that most people wouldn’t be able to distinguish from an actual tooth.
- Longevity: You would need a new dental bridge in about 10 or 15 years, but well-maintained dental implants last for 30 years or more at a time.
Cost of Dental Implants
We’ll give you an estimate of the cost of your dental implants during an initial consultation. Note that the price may change depending on what kind of preparations are needed (such as treatment for an oral infection). Certain aspects of the procedure, such as placement of the crown, might be covered by your dental insurance.
Do you think you might be a good candidate for dental implant surgery? Call us today to take advantage of our limited-time offer for a free implant consultation!