Quite a few people who are missing a single tooth choose not to replace it. Since they can still chew without too much discomfort, they may think that there is no real reason to fill in the empty space in their mouth. They might not even be concerned about aesthetics, especially if the missing tooth is toward the back of the mouth. Don’t let yourself be fooled! Replacing even a single missing tooth is important for your oral health. If you do not fill in the gap, the adjacent teeth may begin to drift out of place, leading to misalignment and bite problems. The bone and gum tissue will also begin to deteriorate. Eventually, you may suffer further tooth loss.
At White Clay Dental, we offer two treatments that can provide secure, reliable single tooth replacement.
Many people with a single missing tooth opt to receive a fixed bridge, otherwise known as crown and bridgework. The bridge consists of two crowns, which your dentist in Newark places over the teeth that are next to the empty space (the abutment teeth). The crowns support an artificial tooth, called a pontic, between them. A bridge is a relatively affordable prosthesis that can be quite sturdy, prevent dental drift, and restore full dental function.
The other treatment option is a single tooth implant. A dental implant is a small titanium post that we place beneath the gum line in a minimally invasive surgery. Over a period of several months, it fuses to the bone tissue around it in a process known as osseointegration, thus enabling it to act as a substitute tooth root. Eventually, we place a custom crown on top of the implant to replace the visible portion of the missing tooth.
Either a bridge or an implant can provide adequate tooth replacement. However, we often recommend dental implants in Newark to patients who are candidates for the procedure because of the many benefits that they offer:
The team at White Clay Dental is proud to provide comprehensive implant dentistry. If you are finally ready to fill in the gap in your smile, contact us today to schedule your restorative consultation.