Those who have lost only one of their teeth or may use single tooth implants to restore and replace their lost tooth. At River Run Family Dentistry we are pleased to be able to offer a variety of single tooth dental implants to our patients to help them with their tooth restoration. There is no reason to suffer with missing teeth any longer. Missing teeth cause difficulty eating, speaking, and prevent us from wanting to smile without a full set of teeth.
Problems that Occur as a Result of Tooth Loss
When you lose teeth, even just one, this results in not only difficulty chewing and speaking properly, but tooth loss has additional negative effects as well. When we lose teeth, a gap is created. This gap can cause teeth to shift, which can be painful, and damaging to the teeth that you do have left. Also, an empty space in between your teeth leaves ample opportunity for food debris and bacteria to grow. This can increase your chances of developing gum disease. Not only is gum disease bad for you, and can create other health problems, having gum disease can prevent you from being a candidate to receive dental implants. Losing a tooth also contributes to bone loss in your jaw. When your jaw does not have a full set of teeth to support it, bone loss can quickly occur. This reduces your ability to bite and chew. Fortunately, there are a variety of dental implants available to help solve this problem of tooth loss.
Implant Retained Denture
Patients who have struggled to get dental implants because of minimal bone structure or when other treatment options just will not work can benefit from an implant retained denture. When a patient has a less than satisfactory appearance to their mouth or has lost jaw function, this treatment option may work the best. Some of our patients may choose this treatment when traditional dentures cause too much discomfort or too many problems to provide a long-term solution. With implant retained dentures you can replace your upper teeth, lower teeth, or both.
Implant Supported Bridge
An implant supported bridge is similar to a traditional bridge. It uses titanium screws that are implanted into the jawbone. This is done for each missing tooth, so the number of posts will depend on the number of missing teeth that you have. One benefit to an implant supported bridge is that neighboring teeth do not need to be shaved down or altered, as can be the case when using dental crowns. Implant supported bridges are supported instead by the adjacent teeth, which makes them very strong and durable.
If you would like to receive additional information about single tooth dental implants, contact us here at River Run Family Dentistry at (830) 387-3040 today. We will be happy to help you restore your smile with the dental implant restoration that will best suit you and your needs. Give us a call today!