Are you missing a single tooth? Unfortunately, this little gap in your smile can have more negative effects than just appearance. When you lose teeth, even just one, your jawbone loses some of the stimulation it was once getting to stay healthy and strong. When teeth aren’t properly replaced, the jawbone can deteriorate, leading to a sunken facial appearance and even more missing teeth. Thankfully, Dr. Damon Spencer offers dental implants as a premier option for single tooth replacement in Dallas. Read on to learn more about how we can complete your smile!
There are two different options for replacing a single tooth:
A fixed bridge is a dental prosthetic that uses crowns on either side of the space in your smile for support. This replacement literally bridges the gap to complete your smile. The teeth surrounding the area must have a slight portion of enamel removed to accommodate the crowns, and once placed, the bridge restores the visible part of your missing tooth.
This option replaces the entire tooth from the roots up. A dental implant is a small titanium post that is surgically placed in the jaw to act as an artificial tooth root. Titanium is biocompatible, so it fuses to the bone, creating a long-lasting support for a dental crown. The healing process for dental implants will typically take 3 to 4 months, but the result can often last a lifetime. After this process, we will mount the implant with a custom-made dental crown that matches the rest of your smile.
While either replacement is better than none at all, dental implants in Dallas offer these unique benefits:
Does it sound like you could benefit from a single tooth dental implant? Dr. Spencer is experienced in providing seamless single tooth replacements. Contact our office today to take your first step toward a strong, healthy, and beautiful set of teeth.