Quite a few individuals who are missing a single tooth in Enfield choose not to replace it. They may think that because they can still eat without too much difficulty, there is no reason to spend time and money on tooth replacement. They might not even be concerned about aesthetics. However, such thinking is erroneous. In fact, it is vital to replace a missing tooth. That seemingly innocuous empty space can be a harbinger of many dental problems. For example, bone loss will occur in the portion of the jaw that once supported the tooth. The adjacent teeth may thereafter drift out of place. Eventually, further tooth loss could occur.
At Four Town Dental, we offer tooth replacement solutions that can prevent future oral health problems and restore full dental function.
There are two ways in which we can replace a missing tooth:
A fixed bridge is a prosthetic that uses the remaining natural teeth for support. In a typical bridge, a crown gets fitted over each of the abutment teeth (the teeth adjacent to the empty space). The crowns support an artificial tooth that “bridges” the gap. A fixed bridge can restore full dental function, prevent nearby teeth from drifting out of place, and last for several years. Depending on the material used to make it, this type of restoration can even be quite natural-looking.
A single tooth dental implant does not rely on the adjacent teeth for support. Rather, a dental implant is a small titanium cylinder that replaces the root of the missing tooth. After it gets inserted into the jawbone, the bone fuses with it in a remarkable process known as osseointegration. Following osseointegration, our team designs and places a custom crown on top of the implant to replace the visible portion of the missing tooth.
Either a fixed bridge or a single tooth dental implant can provide reliable, sturdy tooth replacement. However, we typically recommend dental implants in Enfield as the superior solution because of the many benefits they offer:
Whether you are already missing a tooth or you know you will soon need to have a tooth extracted, our team is eager to help you once again obtain a full set of teeth. To learn more about our restorative services or to schedule an appointment, contact our office today.