Single Tooth Replacement – Newtown, PA
Fill in the Gap and Recomplete Your Smile
Many people who are missing a single tooth choose not to replace it. However, that seemingly harmless little gap in your smile can lead to big problems. The adjacent teeth may drift out of place, leading to misalignment and a painful bite. The bone that once supported the tooth will begin to deteriorate. Eventually, further tooth loss may occur. Clearly, replacing a single missing tooth is important! At our practice, we offer effective and long-lasting treatments to provide single tooth replacement in Newtown.
Single Tooth Replacement Options
There are basically two ways in which we can replace a missing tooth:
With a fixed bridge, sometimes called crown and bridge, we place crowns over the teeth that are adjacent to the empty space. The crowns support an artificial tooth, which “bridges” the gap. A fixed bridge can prevent dental drift and provide pleasing aesthetics. It is also a relatively fast and affordable treatment.
A single tooth dental implant is a small titanium cylinder that we surgically place beneath the gum line. Because titanium is very biocompatible, it forms a natural bond with the tissue around it. The bone tissue fuses to the implant in a process known as osseointegration, enabling the implant to act as a substitute for the root of the missing tooth. Osteointegration typically takes at least a few months. Following osseointegration, we permanently attach a custom-made crown to the top of the implant to replace the visible portion of the missing tooth.
Benefits of Implant-Supported Single Tooth Replacement
Either a fixed bridge or a dental implant can provide functional tooth replacement. However, we often recommend implant-supported tooth replacement over traditional alternatives because of the many benefits that dental implants in Newtown offer:
- Dental implants help to preserve natural teeth. Usually, placing an implant does not require that we modify or extract any of the remaining natural teeth. When placing a fixed bridge, we must remove some enamel from the teeth that will support the restoration.
- An implant stimulates the jawbone, helping to keep it strong and healthy. A fixed bridge does not provide bone health benefits.
- Because an implant provides comprehensive tooth replacement, it looks and feels more natural than a fixed bridge.
- A dental implant has the potential to last a lifetime (the crown on top of it may last for 10 years or longer), whereas a fixed bridge may last for just 5 – 10 years before replacement becomes necessary.
- The bite force that a dental implant provides is almost as strong as that of a natural tooth.
- Caring for a single dental implant is easy. You’ll be able to brush and floss like normal, and you won’t have to worry about flossing underneath an artificial tooth.
Contact Dentists of Newtown Today
Are you ready to say goodbye to the gap in your smile? The team at Dentists of Newtown is ready to help! Contact us today to schedule your restorative dentistry consultation.