Single Tooth Replacement

Implant Restored

When a single tooth is missing, the two most common treatment options are:

  1. A traditional tooth-supported bridge (3-unit bridge)
  2. An implant-supported crown

When a tooth-supported bridge is used to replace one missing tooth, the adjacent teeth are cut down or ground down into peg shapes so the bridge has a support system. This process unfortunately destroys natural enamel and tooth structure, but must be done in order to fit the new cemented bridge in place. Even though a 3-unit tooth-supported bridge can be functional for many years, the compromised teeth (those healthy teeth cut down to support the bridge) frequently develop decay, periodontal bone loss or need root-canal treatment. This often leads to future problems that will be more expensive and complicated to treat later. So even though the immediate problem of a missing tooth is remedied with a tooth-supported bridge, future problems with adjacent teeth are created.

Replace one tooth with an implant supported crown and preserve the integrity of all adjacent teeth.

Single Tooth Replaced by an Implant

An implanted-supported crown is far superior to a traditional tooth-supported dental bridge:

  • Adjacent natural teeth are preserved – not destroyed
  • A dental implant looks, feels and functions like a natural tooth
  • The bone is upheld, preventing a visible bony defect
  • Cleaning is easier and more hygienic
  • Implants do not decay and you will never need a root canal
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