Single Tooth Replacement – Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
Transform Your Smile
If you are missing just one tooth, you may not be in any hurry to replace it. After all, you can still eat without too much trouble. You might not even be worried about aesthetics, especially if the empty space is toward the back of your mouth. But replacing even a single missing tooth is important! As soon as you lose a tooth, the bone and gum tissue that once supported it begin to deteriorate. Over time, the surrounding teeth may drift out of place, leading to misalignment and extra wear and tear on your smile. Eventually, you could end up losing even more teeth.
At Ponte Vedra Complete Dentistry, we offer treatments that can help you fill in the gap and protect your smile against future problems.
Single Tooth Replacement Options
There are two treatment options for single tooth replacement in Ponte Vedra Beach:
A fixed bridge, sometimes called crown and bridgework, “bridges” the gap in your smile. This type of restoration usually has two crowns, which we fit over the teeth that are next to the empty space (the abutment teeth). An artificial tooth is suspended between the crowns. A bridge can be quite sturdy and natural-looking. It has the ability to prevent dental drift, and it may last for 10 – 15 years or longer before it needs to be replaced. Many individuals choose a bridge for single tooth replacement because it is a relatively fast and affordable procedure.
A single tooth implant is a small titanium cylinder that is surgically placed beneath the gum line in a minimally invasive procedure. After it is inserted, a remarkable process known as osseointegration takes place over a period of a few months; the implant bonds with the tissue around it. The implant thus acts as a substitute for the root of the missing tooth. We replace the visible portion of the tooth with a custom-made dental crown.
The Benefits of Implant-Supported Single Tooth Replacement
We often recommend that patients choose to receive an implant rather than a dental bridge because:
- Placing a bridge requires that we significantly modify the structure of your remaining natural teeth. Dental implants in Ponte Vedra Beach don’t need the support of abutment teeth, which allows us to preserve as much healthy dentition as possible.
- An implant stimulates the jawbone, helping to keep it dense and strong. A traditional bridge does not support bone health.
- Since dental implants provide comprehensive tooth replacement, they look and feel even more natural than a bridge.
- An implant has the potential to last for 30 years or longer. The crown on top of it is likely to last for a decade or longer.
Contact Ponte Vedra Complete Dentistry Today
Are you ready to fill in the gap and take steps to preserve your oral health? Our team is eager to help you regain a complete smile! To learn more about your single tooth replacement options, contact us to schedule a consultation.