Single Tooth Implant
When a single tooth is missing, these are the two most common treatment options:
- A traditional tooth-supported bridge (3-unit bridge)
- An implant-supported crown
When a tooth-supported bridge is used to replace one missing tooth, the adjacent teeth are cut down or ground down into pegs so the bridge has a support system. This process unfortunately destroys natural enamel and tooth structure, but is necessary in order to fit the new cemented bridge in place. Even though a 3-unit tooth-supported bridge can be functional for many years, the compromised teeth (those healthy teeth cut down to support the bridge) frequently develop decay, periodontal bone loss or need root canal treatment. This often leads to future problems that are more expensive and complicated to treat later. Overall, replacing one tooth with an implant-supported crown preserves the integrity of all adjacent teeth.
An implanted-supported crown is far superior to a traditional tooth-supported dental bridge because…
- Your adjacent natural teeth are preserved – not destroyed
- A dental implant looks, feels and functions like a natural tooth
- Dental implants are designed to remain aesthetically pleasing for a lifetime
- The bone is upheld, preventing a visible defect
- Daily oral hygiene is easier to maintain
- Implants do not decay and you won’t need a root canal
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