Single Tooth Placement – Columbus, OH
Restore your smile from the root to crown
If you are missing a single tooth, then your biggest worry is probably that gap in your smile. After all, a smile is part of your identity and even portrays your personality. In addition, however, one missing tooth can also harm your oral health. Problems include decreased bone density in your jaw, gum tissue loss, shifting teeth, and even additional tooth loss. To prevent these and other problems, you should replace a missing tooth as soon as possible. Speak to Dr. Mick about single tooth placement in Columbus. With just one dental implant, you can once again have a smile that is attractive and secure.
Replace a Single Missing Tooth
If you are missing one tooth, you can replace it with either a dental implant in Columbus or a fixed bridge. Let’s take a look at both options.
- A single tooth dental implant replaces both the root and crown of your missing tooth. The implant itself is a small post made of the biocompatible metal, titanium. Dr. Mick surgically positions the post in your jaw to hold a crown restoration in place and to keep your jawbone healthy and strong. To implant the post, a small incision in your gums reveals the bone. Then, the post is placed. Your gums will heal pretty quickly, but the post and surrounding bone tissue will take several months to fuse together. After this, the dental crown is attached to the post and the replacement tooth will look and perform just like one of your natural teeth.
- A fixed bridge, also called a crown and bridge, is made up of one false tooth that rests between two dental crowns. The crowns are mounted on top of healthy teeth next to the gap in your smile. Thus, the false tooth is held securely to fill in for your missing tooth. The false tooth and crowns of a bridge are fabricated as a single unit that Dr. Mick bonds into place at one time. In addition to rebuilding your smile, a bridge restores dental function and prevents adjacent teeth from shifting into the vacant space.
The Advantages of Dental Implants
Either a fixed bridge or a dental implant will restore the appearance and function of your smile. But, there are advantages to dental implants that are not available with a bridge or any other prosthetic.
First, implants do not have any impact on adjacent teeth. They are stand-alone replacements that do not require altering the structure of any other teeth.
Secondly, implants stimulate healthy new bone tissue growth in your jaw, so you don’t ever have that sunken appearance that can occur with dentures.
- Dental implants look and perform more like natural teeth, because they replace both the root and crown
- Dental implants can last a lifetime with daily brushing and flossing and regular checkups. A bridge, however, will need occasional maintenance as well as eventual replacement