If it’s a single
you’re worried about, there’s no need to fret. At Dental
Center of Westport, we understand an incomplete smile can leave you
feeling less confident about your appearance, but fortunately, we have a
solution that can give you a smile that looks and feels completely natural
– dental implants! By replacing your lone missing tooth with a
dental implant, you’ll have a fully restored smile that offers
greater stability and lasts longer than other traditional restorations. To
find out how you can get started,
to schedule an appointment today!
Tooth Replacement Options
A single missing tooth can be replaced one of two ways: a fixed bridge or a
single tooth implant. Here’s a little bit more information about each,
so you can feel better about your decision.
Fixed Bridge: Using dental crowns, your dentist will
literally “bridge the gap” by altering the natural, healthy
teeth on either side of the vacated socket. By filing down your teeth,
this will ensure the crowns fit snugly over them, as they will serve as
the anchors for your bridge. Once your teeth are “prepped,” we
will take impressions of your teeth so the dental lab technicians can
customize your bridge according to your individual needs. Once it is
finished, you’ll return for your second and final appointment to
have the bridge secured in place.
Single Tooth Dental Implant: If tooth alteration
doesn’t sound like something you’re interested in pursuing, a
single tooth implant might just be the better solution. We will take a
small titanium implant and surgically place it into your jawbone.
Carefully positioning it, we will then close up the site and send you home
to spend the next 3-6 months healing at home. Osseointegration, or the
process of fusing the implant to the bone, will need to successfully occur
during this time. Once you’ve fully healed, you’ll return to
have a small appliance known as an abutment attached to the implant before
your custom dental crown is placed on top.
Benefits of Single Tooth Implants
When considering your options, we know you have various factors you must
consider. From cost to longevity, it might not always be easy trying to
decide how you want to restore your smile, but when comparing the benefits
of a fixed bridge versus a single tooth implant, it’s hard to overlook
the worthwhile investment you’d be making by choosing the latter.
Some of the benefits that come with implants include:
- No facial sagging, as your facial appearance will remain intact
- Greater confidence because of your fully restored smile
Increased stability and functionality, making it possible to eat, chew,
and speak with clarity
Natural look and feel because of the customized prosthetic that is matched
to your teeth’s color, size, and shape
- A restoration that lasts decades, if not a lifetime
A low-maintenance, easy to clean alternative that doesn’t decay