Do you have a single missing tooth? You might hesitate to replace it. After all, it is just one tooth. You can still chew without too much inconvenience, and perhaps you’re not concerned about aesthetics. It may not seem worth the time and money it takes to fill in that empty space. But wait! That little gap in your smile is actually a big problem. The teeth next to it may begin to drift out of place, leading to painful dental misalignment and TMJ problems. Eventually, further tooth loss may occur. The bone that once supported the lost tooth will also begin to deteriorate. Fortunately, your dentist in Lynchburg offers a few treatment options that can help you replace your lost tooth and prevent future dental issues.
There are two ways in which our team can replace a single tooth:
Traditional fixed bridge. A fixed bridge is a prosthetic that consists of two crowns, which get placed over the teeth next to the empty space. The crowns support an artificial tooth between them that fills in the gap. The crown process is relatively quick and affordable, and the results can last for years. A well-made crown constructed of dental porcelain can even look nearly identical to natural dentition.
Single tooth implant. A dental implant is a small cylinder, usually made of a titanium alloy, that replaces the root of a lost tooth. It is inserted into the jawbone during a minimally invasive surgery. Following the surgery, the bone fuses with the implant via a process known as osseointegration. After osseointegration, we design a custom crown to go on top of the implant and replace the visible portion of the missing tooth. The dental implant process may take several months from beginning to end, but in the vast majority of cases, it provides outstanding results.
Both a fixed bridge and a dental implant can restore chewing power and prevent dental drift. However, we always recommend dental implants in Lynchburg as the superior solution for a number of reasons:
If you are ready to replace your lost tooth, our team is ready to help you. Contact us to schedule a consultation. We will talk about your treatment options and get you on the road to having a healthier, fuller smile!