Single Tooth Replacement – Wayne, PA
Picture-Perfect Smiles for Life
At Wayne Family Dentistry, our team of skilled dentistry professionals are dedicated to helping every patient achieve and maintain a healthy smile through effective, preventive dentistry services at six moth dental exams and teeth cleanings. However, when you do need restorative dentistry services, we can help you repair the flawless appearance and function of your smile. For those patients dealing with the loss of one or more teeth, we are proud to offer a range of tooth replacement solutions that will replace lost teeth and restore healthy function to your smile. On this page, we’ll walk you through your treatment options to replace a single missing tooth. If you’re ready to get started with your dental implant tooth replacement plan, call our dental office in Wayne to schedule your consultation appointment today.
Single Tooth Replacement Options
During a tooth replacement consultation for one lost tooth, we will walk you through your two restoration options – fixed bridges and implant supported dental crowns. Even though we typically recommend the gold standard dental implant supported prosthetic tooth, dental bridges are a better option for some patients. Keep reading to learn more about each of these tooth replacement options.
A fixed bridge is a tooth replacement prosthetic used to bridge the gap in the smile left by the loss of one or more consecutive missing teeth. The replacement tooth or teeth (called pontics) are fused to two dental crowns, one on each side. The crowns are then cemented into place over surrounding healthy teeth, recreating your lost dental structure.
Single Tooth Implant
A single dental implant post is surgically positioned, replacing the lost root of your missing tooth. Then, a tooth-colored dental crown is custom crafted to fit over the top of the implant post. This seamlessly recreates the lost tooth structure.
Benefits of Implant Supported Single Tooth Replacement
If you’re still not sure that a dental implant supported crown is the right single tooth replacement solution for you, consider the following benefits of this treatment option:
- The implant post provides necessary support for the dental crown without adversely impacting the surrounding teeth as is necessary for a traditional fixed bridge.
- A dental implant mimics your tooth’s root. This provides the necessary stimulus to maintain (maybe even increase) jawbone density and gum tissue volume.
- By replacing both the root and crown of a lost tooth, an implant supported dental crown looks and feels much more like natural, healthy teeth.
- Traditional fixed bridges will need to be repaired or replaced every ten years on average. An implant supported dental crown has a 95% success rate after 20 years, and most people keep their implant-retained crown for three decades or longer.