If you are missing a single tooth you should seriously consider a single tooth implant in Farmersville and Van Alstyne, Texas. This procedure can replace the missing tooth using three components: a dental implant that acts as the root, restorative abutment that connects the implant to the crown, and a beautiful porcelain crown. If you have lost a single tooth, especially if there is a neighboring tooth on either side, a single tooth implant may be your best option to replace it.

What are the advantages of a single-tooth implant over a bridge?
A dental implant provides several advantages over other tooth replacement options such as a tooth supported bridge. In addition to looking and functioning like a natural tooth, a dental implant replaces a single tooth without sacrificing the health of neighboring teeth like a tooth-supported dental bridge does. Tooth-supported bridges require that the adjacent teeth (the teeth on either side of the missing tooth) be ground down to support the cemented bridge. A single-tooth implant doesn’t involve these teeth.

Because a dental implant will replace your tooth root, the bone is better preserved. With a tooth supported 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. In the long term, a single implant can be more attractive and easier to keep clean than a bridge. 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. And, the cement holding the bridge in place can wear away, allowing bacteria to enter under the crown and cause decay in the teeth that anchor the bridge. A single-tooth implant has a much longer prognosis than a tooth-supported dental bridge. Please call 469-812-7100 to arrange your visit with our dentists, Drs. Horsley and Walker, at Harvest Dental.