If you have lost a single tooth, you do have a variety of options to consider.
Option 1. Single Tooth Partial Denture
A consequence of this option is the bone loss that occurs due to the absences of the natural tooth root. Force from biting will cause the partial denture to move and shift because its design lacks a secure connection. Many partial denture wearers may also experience discomfort and gum irritation.
Option 2. Resin Bonded Bridge
In this option, a high speed drill is used to cut the back of the neighboring teeth. The bridge is then attached to the back of your natural teeth. With the absence of the natural tooth root the bone above the crown will begin to shrink. Everyday biting forces will also begin to loosen the bond over time.
Option 3. Fixed Bridge
The third option, referred to as a Fixed Bridge, is cemented into place. A drill shaves down a significant amount of the neighboring teeth’s natural structure. This gets the teeth ready for the fitting of a fabricated 3-unit bridge. However, like the previous two options, bone loss soon follows. As the bones begin to weaken, the surrounding teeth become very susceptible to tooth decay - which, unfortunately, can lead to additional tooth loss. Bridges can be repaired and situated in the mouth. But, as additional bone loss occurs, the bridge may fail and need replaced continuously.
Option 4. Dental Implant
This option DOES replace the natural tooth root with a dental implant that is inserted into the bone. An abutment is secured to the implant and a crown is secured to the abutment. This option is the closest replication to the design of your natural teeth. Because this is inserted into the bone, it is the most secure option that remains stable and in place. An implant feels and functions like a natural tooth.
Have you ever wondered if Dental Implants were the right choice for you? Give us a call and see how we work with your personal dentist to make sure you receive the care you deserve for not only a beautiful smile, but a permanent solution to tooth loss.