Single Tooth Replacement
A dental implant is well worth considering, even if you’re only missing a single tooth. This is because it has a beneficial effect on your remaining natural teeth. It will help hold them firmly in position, and will ensure you do not lose any bone in your jaw. There is no need for the adjacent teeth to be ground down.
In contrast a dental bridge requires the adjacent teeth to be cut down for retainer crowns that are attached to the replacement tooth. This might be a good solution if these teeth would benefit from crowns, but otherwise it could mean removing perfectly healthy tooth structure.
The procedure to insert the post takes less than an hour, and once it has fully integrated with your jawbone it can be restored with a beautiful ceramic crown which is firmly screwed or cemented in position. This provides the highest quality cosmetic results, and you’ll be able to bite and chew normally.
Multiple Teeth Replacement
If you have lost multiple teeth and are perhaps faced with wearing a denture then an alternative choice would be to use dental implants. Multiple dental implants can be used to retain a dental bridge that is permanently fixed in position and which can only be removed by our dentist, or you can choose to have a removable denture that clips onto the dental implants ensuring it is firmly secured in place.
Both options can be used to replace full arches of teeth, or just several missing teeth. Only a few dental implants are required to secure a full denture, so treatment can be very cost effective.