Missing a Single Tooth – Lincoln, NE
Giving You Your Complete Smile Back
After losing one tooth, especially if it’s in the back of your mouth, you may be tempted to not replace it. Does it really matter whether you have a gap in your smile? Not only does this hole impact your appearance, it can affect your oral and overall health. Instead of choosing nutritious foods that may be difficult to chew, you may decide to eat softer, but less healthy, alternatives. Plus, your jaw bone relies on the root of your teeth to keep it strong. When one tooth goes missing, it starts to lose density, weakening the support it provides your other healthy teeth and potentially leading to additional tooth loss in the future. In short, it’s very important to replace your missing tooth!
Single Tooth Replacement Options
You can choose between a fixed bridge or a single dental implant for replacing your lost tooth. Each has advantages and disadvantages, but most of the time, we recommend dental implants. Why? Keep reading to find out!
A fixed bridge is an oral appliance that replaces just the visible part of your missing tooth. It consists of a prosthetic tooth in between two dental crowns, which are bonded on top of the teeth that surround the gap in your smile. Although this method is secure and appears natural, it requires removing enamel from these neighboring teeth and anchoring to them in to stay in place.
Single Dental Implant
Unlike bridges, dental implants go deeper beneath the surface to replace the entire missing tooth. To do this, our practitioners surgically insert a biocompatible titanium post into your jaw bone, stimulating its growth and causing it to engulf the post and give it stability. Then, we place an abutment, or connection piece, which peaks just above the gum surface. Finally, we attach a custom dental crown that looks and feels just like a natural tooth.
Benefits of Implant-Retained Single Tooth Replacement
Overall, implants are the most innovative and preferred method of replacing a tooth because of their many benefits, including:
- Implants keep your jaw bone healthy, helping you maintain your youthful facial structure and remaining teeth.
- Implants don’t rely on the surrounding teeth for support, helping you preserve healthy tooth structure.
- While bridges can last between 7 and 10 years, implants can last over 30 with the proper care!
- Although dental implants tend to cost more upfront, you likely won’t need to replace them, potentially saving you money in the long run.
Contact Pioneer Greens Dentistry Today
Are you interested in learning more about dental implants? Want to get started on the path toward a fully restored smile? Don’t wait another day to contact our team at Pioneer Greens Dentistry. We can schedule your consultation to address all your concerns and go through your treatment options. We’ll make sure you find the solution that will best meet your needs and give you your confident, functional, and beautiful smile back.