Many people fear losing a tooth; however, you probably don’t expect it to ever happen to you. Unfortunately, it’s a reality for 120 million Americans. Thankfully, you don’t need to live with an incomplete smile. You have more options than ever to fill the empty space because of the latest innovations in dentistry. We offer the proven solutions for a single missing tooth in Green Hills, including dental implants. We’ll help you restore a confident, beautiful smile using a successful option.
Each tooth is invaluable for a healthy, functional smile. If you lose even one, serious complications will begin to brew beneath the surface. Not only will you lose your confidence but also density in your jaw. Your bone will slowly deteriorate because it isn’t being stimulated by the tooth root. After enough bone is lost, any remaining teeth won’t have the support they need to stay in place, so they will drift out of alignment. This increases your risk of cavities, gum disease, and even additional tooth loss.
The more teeth you lose, the more challenging it can be to eat a variety of foods because they are too difficult to chew. This can cause nutritional deficiencies that harm your general health.
You can preserve your natural smile and restore your self-esteem using an effective treatment:
The most traditional option to fill the space of a lost tooth is with a fixed bridge, better known as a bridge and crowns. This method replaces the portion of the tooth above the gum line using an all-ceramic restoration that’s customized to match your natural teeth. It’s held in place by bonding dental crowns over the adjacent teeth. This is a convenient method, but it will need to be replaced every 5-10 years.
A dental implant is the only treatment to replace both the root and the crown. A titanium post is surgically placed into your jawbone to serve as a new root. An abutment is placed on the post to connect an all-ceramic crown. This gives you a solution that closely looks and feels like a natural tooth, but it will take several months to complete the process. After you’ve healed, your new smile can last for a lifetime with the right aftercare.
Treating both the root and the crown allows a dental implant to provide exceptional benefits not possible with a fixed bridge, including:
If you’re ready to replace your missing teeth, we have the solutions you need using dental implants in Green Hills. We’ll rebuild your smile and restore your quality of life. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation.