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Single Tooth Replacement in Frisco

Why Is It Important to Replace a Single Tooth?

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When most people think of tooth replacement, they may think of dentures or partials — solutions that are meant to treat extensive tooth loss. However, what many do not realize is that single-tooth replacement options are also available, including dental implants in Frisco. If you have a pesky little gap in your smile, we can fill it in and provide you with a complete smile, boosted confidence, and improved oral health.

There are several reasons why you should consider replacing your missing tooth:

  • When you lose a tooth, the bone that once supported it begins to deteriorate.
  • The teeth next to the gap may begin to drift out of place. This misalignment can lead TMD, excess wear and tear on your teeth, and a bad bite.
  • If you lose a bottom tooth, the one directly above it may extend too far out of the gum line. It could even eventually fall out.
  • If a missing tooth is in the front of your mouth, you may become embarrassed to show off your smile. This can downgrade your confidence and make you uncomfortable in social situations.
  • It may be difficult for you to enjoy all of your favorite foods if you are missing even one tooth. You might accidentally damage your exposed gum tissue while you’re eating.

Why Is a Dental Implant the Best Way to Fill in the Gap?

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Some people opt for a traditional, three-unit bridge to replace a single missing tooth. This type of prosthesis has two crowns, which are placed over your natural teeth, with a pontic (artificial tooth) suspended between them. While a bridge offers an effective and aesthetically pleasing way to address minor tooth loss, a dental implant is superior for a number of reasons:

  • A traditional bridge requires that the dentist alters the shape of your natural teeth so they fit under the crowns. This is usually unnecessary with a dental implant.
  • An implant replaces both the root and the crown of a missing tooth. The implant even stimulates the jaw and helps to prevent bone loss.
  • A traditional bridge may last for 10 – 15 years, whereas a dental implant has the potential to last a lifetime. An implant’s longevity may make it a better monetary value than alternative treatments.
  • While traditional bridges can be quite sturdy, a dental implant is even stronger. It can stand up to all of your favorite foods! As long as you stick to good oral hygiene habits and visit your dentist for regular checkups, it is unlikely that you’ll run into any problems with your implant.
  • Some types of bridges require unsightly metal attachments, but dental implant crowns blend in seamlessly with your smile. No one has to know that your new tooth isn’t one that nature gave you!

If you’ve been on the fence about replacing your missing tooth, now is the time to act! To learn more about whether a dental implant may be able to help you, contact us today to schedule your consultation.