What are the options to replace single missing tooth:

A single missing tooth having sound natural tooth on both sides can be replaced with:

  • Dental Implant
  • 3 unit Bridge: that requires the reduction of adjacent teeth.
  • Partial denture: that need to be removed before going to sleep.
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What are the advantages of a single-tooth implant over a bridge?

  • A dental implant provides several advantages over other tooth replacement options as:
  • look and function like a natural tooth,
  • It would be more economical than 3 unit zirconia bridge.
  • A dental implant replaces a single tooth without sacrificing the health of neighboring teeth. In bridge we need to reduce adjacent teeth for crowns.
  • Because a dental implant will replace your tooth root, the bone is better preserved. With a bridge, some of the bone that previously surrounded the tooth begins to resorb (deteriorate). Dental implants integrate with your jawbone, helping to keep the bone healthy and intact.
  • Gums can recede around a bridge, leaving a visible defect when the metal base or collar of the bridge becomes exposed.
  • Resorbed bone beneath the bridge can lead to an unattractive smile.
  • The cement holding the bridge in place can wash out, allowing bacteria to decay the teeth that anchor the bridge.
  • In the long term, a single implant can be more esthetic and easier to keep clean than a bridge.

Kindly, feel free to discuss the option of replacing single missing tooth with dental implant.