Single Tooth Dental Implants—Dunwoody, GA
Close That Gap for Good
In many people’s minds, a single missing tooth is not a big deal, especially if it’s located towards the back of the mouth where it can’t easily be seen. Unfortunately, no matter where the space might be, untreated tooth loss always leads to more problems over time, such as shifting teeth, a weakened bite, and an increased risk for gum disease. Thankfully for patients in Dunwoody, Dr. Jeff Rodgers provides two solutions that can quickly make that gap a thing of the past, and no matter which one you choose, you can trust it will be made just for you and designed to be as strong as it is beautiful.
Single Tooth Replacement Options
Dr. Rodgers can replace a single missing tooth using a:
- Fixed Bridge: This prosthetic relies on the strength of the teeth surrounding the missing one to support the replacement tooth. The teeth on either side of the gap are topped with dental crowns, and these are bonded directly to a ceramic tooth positioned in the middle. Not only does this restore a patient’s appearance and chewing ability, but it also prevents the surrounding teeth from drifting out of place.
- Single Tooth Implant: While a bridge simply sits on top of the gums, single tooth implants actually work by placing a small titanium post within the jawbone to recreate the root structure of the missing tooth. This is done using a minor surgical procedure that can be completed in a single appointment. The new root is then attached to a porcelain crown via a connector called an abutment, creating something that resembles natural dental structure in every way.
The Benefits of Implant Supported Single Tooth Replacement
While Dr. Rodgers has helped countless patients achieve fantastic results with fixed bridges over the years, these days, he’s always quick to point out the unique advantages offered by a dental implant:
- A dental implanted tooth tends to be more stable compared to a fixed bridge because its foundation is thick jawbone instead of just the adjacent teeth.
- Jawbone loss typically occurs after tooth loss, and fixed bridges can do nothing to counteract this, meaning they often need to be replaced as a patient’s gum line changes shape. An implant actually helps maintain the jawbone and even encourages the growth of new tissue right where someone needs it.
- Perfectly healthy teeth have to be reshaped in order to place a bridge, but with a dental implant, a patient’s remaining teeth are completely preserved.
- With minimal maintenance, a dental implant can be trusted to last for about 30 years or more.
Your missing tooth might just be annoying now, but it could spell big trouble in the not-too-distant future. With a fixed bridge or dental implant, Dr. Rodgers can restore your smile and safeguard your oral health for decades to come with just one procedure, and to get started, you’re invited to contact our office today for a consultation.