Single Missing Tooth ReplacementMerritt Island, FL
For many people, losing a single adult tooth may not seem like that big of a deal, especially if the tooth is toward the back of the mouth out of sight from their smile. However, even if the gap cannot be seen, replacing a single missing tooth is critical. Florida Prosthodontics can help with single missing tooth replacement options.
Effects of Losing a Single Tooth
Losing just one tooth might not seem like a big deal, but it can have a significant impact on the quality of your life, even if the empty space left behind cannot be seen when you smile. Effects of tooth loss include:
|•||Difficulties eating. When you cannot thoroughly chew your food, your body has a harder time accessing the nutrients. This can result in poor digestion and poor nutrition.|
|•||Speech difficulties. Depending upon the location of the tooth, you may develop a lisp or have other troubles speaking properly.|
|•||Increased risk of gum disease and tooth damage.|
|•||The bone in the jaw begins to weaken and change shape. This can cause your other teeth to shift out of alignment, which can lead to issues such as bruxism and TMJ disorder.|
The traditional treatment for replacing a single missing tooth is a bridge. There are a few different types of bridges. The bridge most commonly used is a fixed bridge. Typically made from ceramic, it is milled out of a solid block. A replacement tooth, called a pontic tooth, sits between two dental crowns. The crowns anchor the bridge into place on your adjacent teeth referred to as abutment teeth.
Placing a bridge typically takes two separate visits. During your first appointment, the abutment teeth are prepared. This involves removing a small portion of the enamel from each tooth. This is done to reduce the teeth in size so that the bridge can fit naturally in with the rest of your teeth. Next, an impression of your mouth is taken, which is sent to a dental lab where the bridge is designed and created. Once it is ready, It is bonded into place.
Replacing Single Teeth With Dental Implants
Dental implants are a modern alternative to traditional tooth replacement options. It is a versatile treatment that can be used even if you are only missing a single tooth. Single tooth replacement uses a single titanium post to support your ceramic crown. The post is surgically implanted into your jaw.
As you heal, the bone fuses to the post in a process called osseointegration. This stabilizes the post within your jaw, and it securely holds your replacement tooth in place. A dental implant provides numerous benefits over traditional treatment. They do not require any alteration to your adjacent teeth. The bone fuses to the posts, creating a strong, stable support. They are more comfortable and do not rely on adjacent teeth for support. They are designed to be a permanent solution for tooth loss aiding in keeping your jawbone strong and healthy.
Even if you are only missing one tooth, it is still important that it be replaced as soon as possible. Call Florida Prosthodontics today at (321) 635-1175 to schedule your consultation and find out what option is right for you.