Did you know that the average adult is missing one or more teeth? Even one missing tooth can cause oral health issues that will be costly to repair in the future. A single missing tooth may even cause you to be embarrassed to smile. Dr. Donna Vagnozzi Bucci and her team of experts in Pennington, NJ can create a treatment plan that will replace your missing tooth with a dental implant. We highly recommend replacing your missing tooth as soon as possible to reduce the chance for future complicated treatments. Some of the oral health issues that may arise from not replacing your missing tooth include:
- Gum Disease
- Teeth Shifting
- Bone loss in your jaw
- Tooth Decay
Replacement Options for Single Missing Tooth
Dr. Vagnozzi Bucci offers two options for a single missing tooth. The first is a traditional dental bridge that is supported by the two adjacent teeth. While this is the traditional method for securing a bridge, it does compromise the structure and health of the anchor teeth, and many patients will require further maintenance and care in the future.
The second option is a dental implant secured dental crown. Dental crowns anchor to a dental implant for a natural and durable replacement of a missing tooth. A small dental implant post, made of medical grade titanium, will be surgically implanted into the jaw. The implant is designed to replace the missing tooth root structure and will fuse with the bone for long term support of the jaw. Once healed, a dental crown will be attached to the dental implant for a permanent replacement.
Single Tooth Dental Implant
A dental implant secured dental crown is the superior option for a single missing tooth. Whenever possible, Dr. Vagnozzi Bucci will recommend a single tooth dental implant as a conservative and effective treatment. Despite this being the more expensive treatment option up front, it is the better option for your overall health. A single tooth dental implant is an investment in your health, confidence and well-being. We offer full services for your dental implant procedure to ensure consistent care. For your comfort, we offer nitrous oxide dental sedation. Benefits of single tooth dental implant include:
- Easier oral hygiene routine
- The dental implant will never decay so there is no chance of ever needing a root canal or cavity filling
- Your adjacent teeth will not be damaged
- No bone loss because dental implants stimulate natural tooth roots to promote bone regeneration
- Will look just like your natural teeth