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Single Tooth or Implant Supported Bridges

Single Tooth Dental Implants

Replacing a missing or failing tooth with a single tooth implant has great benefits over the alternative options of a bridge or dentures.

It is important to replace missing or failing teeth as with fewer teeth on which to chew, the stresses on the remaining teeth increase and reduce their lifespan. Unopposed teeth can change position and interfere with the way you bite and chew, so causing further damage in the future.

In most cases, the treatment is very quick and virtually pain-free, and the recovery is normally simple. Most patients report less discomfort after an implant is placed than following an extraction.

In some cases, immediate implant placement after extraction is a better option.

You will not be left with any gap throughout the treatment and you may have a temporary crown placed on the implant (immediate loading).

The outcome will be a replacement tooth that looks, feels, and functions like one of your teeth. You simply have to clean it using standard tooth brushing and flossing techniques.

Dental Implant Bridge

Advantages over conventional bridge and denture

A conventional dental bridge is attached to the teeth on either side of the gap – the teeth will have to be drilled down to make room for the bridge. Along with the additional forces on these teeth, the lifespan of bridges is significantly reduced. When a bridge fails, one or both of the supporting teeth usually fail, leading to an even larger gap!

 

A denture is the least ideal solution for replacing missing teeth. They are uncomfortable, become loose over time, and can damage the adjacent teeth and gums. In addition, dentures need to be removed at night time, something that is simply becoming less socially acceptable these days.

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