The American College of Prosthodontists estimates that approximately 120 million Americans are missing at least one tooth. If you are one in that multitude, then replacing a lost tooth is important for the sake of your appearance—you want a smile that is attractive—but also for your overall health and well being, too. One missing tooth can make certain foods difficult to eat, cause problems with speech and lead to low self-confidence. Talk to Dr. Tran or Dr. Grimmer about dental implants in Springfield. With a single implant to replace your tooth, you’ll have a complete smile and avoid all the bothersome side effects.
If you are missing one tooth, you can replace it with either a single tooth implant in Springfield or a fixed bridge. Here’s a summary of both.
A single tooth dental implant stands in for the root and crown of your lost tooth. The implant itself is a screw-like post made of titanium. The dentist places the post in your jaw to hold a crown restoration in place and to keep your jawbone healthy and strong.
A fixed bridge is also called a crown and bridge. It consists of one false tooth that sits between two dental crowns. The crowns are attached to healthy teeth next to the gap in your smile. This way, the single false tooth fills in for your missing tooth. The false tooth and crowns of a bridge are fabricated as a single unit that the dentist bonds into place at one time. In addition to rebuilding your smile, a bridge restores dental function and prevents adjacent teeth from shifting into the vacant space.
Both a fixed bridge and a dental implant will restore the appearance and function of your smile. Implants, however, offer unique benefits.
If you have a single missing tooth, call us at Smiles in Springfield today. A dental implant will restore your smile and provide added oral and general health benefits, too.