There are many treatment options to replace a missing tooth.
A removable partial denture can be made which is a combination of metal and acrylic that is worn on the jaw and removed every time you eat to clean it and every night before you go to sleep
A bridge can be made if the missing tooth is in between two teeth that are still in the mouth. A bridge is fixed (cannot be removed) and involves preparing (shaving/grinding the enamel) from the neighboring teeth to place crowns on those teeth. A crown without a root is then suspended over the gums between the crowns.
A dental implant can be used to replace a single missing tooth or many missing teeth. It is made up of 3 components including the dental implant which is placed in the jawbone, the crown which is the part that looks like the actual tooth in your mouth, and the abutment which joins the implant inside the bone and the crown inside your mouth.
Dental Implant for Single Tooth Replacement
One advantage to having an implant over a bridge is that the dental implant replaces not only the missing crown (like a bridge) but also the root. It integrates into the jaw which helps to preserve the bone so that it remains intact. A bridge only replaces the crown and not the root, so over time the bone resorbs and an indentation can be noticed over the bridge which can lead to an unattractive smile. Over time an implant is a more esthetic solution and is also easier to keep clean.
Your periodontist will perform the surgery to place the implant into the bone and after the healing period of 3-4 months your dentist makes the crown which looks like a natural tooth and attaches to the abutment and the implant, filling in the space left in the mouth by the missing tooth.
For this procedure to be successful there must be enough bone in the jaw, and the bone has to be strong enough to hold and support the implant. If there is not enough bone, be may need to be added with a procedure called bone augmentation. In addition, natural teeth and supporting tissues that are near where the implant will be placed must be in good health to ensure implant success.
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