Single Tooth Implants – Albuquerque, NM
Say Goodbye to the Gap
Are you missing a tooth? You might think that the empty space is not a big deal. However, that gap puts you at risk for a number of oral health problems, including dental drift, bone deterioration, and even further tooth loss. That is why Dr. Boehmer recommends that her patients with even a single missing tooth explore their options for filing in the gap as quickly as possible. In many cases, a dental implant is the best way to recomplete a patient’s smile, restore full dental function, and prevent future tooth-loss-related complications.
Tooth Replacement Options
There are two treatments that can replace a single missing tooth:
A fixed bridge, sometimes called crown and bridgework, consists of two crowns that fit over the teeth next to the empty space (the abutment teeth). They support an artificial tooth (a pontic) between them. Some patients opt for this treatment because it is relatively fast and affordable. It can prevent dental drift and even provide a natural appearance.
Unfortunately, a fixed bridge comes with two significant disadvantages. One is that placing the crowns requires that the abutment teeth be filed down. The other is that the bridge does nothing to replace the root of the missing tooth; it only replaces the tooth’s crown.
The other option for single tooth replacement is a dental implant in Albuquerque. It is a comprehensive tooth replacement option that is superior to crown and bridgework in a number of ways.
What Are Single Tooth Implants?
Dental implants in Albuquerque are small titanium cylinders that an oral surgeon places below the gum line. Over the course of several months, they bond with the bone around them in a process known as osseointegration. Thus, an implant can act as a replacement for the root of a missing tooth. Following osseointegration, Dr. Boehmer designs and places a custom crown on top of the implant to replace the visible portion of the missing tooth.
Benefits of Single Tooth Implants
A single tooth dental implant offers several advantages over a fixed bridge:
- An implant is self-supporting. Placing one usually does not require that the adjacent teeth be modified in any way. Patients can therefore retain as much healthy dentition as possible.
- An implant stimulates the jawbone, helping it to stay thick and dense. A bridge, on the other hand, does nothing to prevent the bone deterioration that occurs after tooth loss.
- Dental implants offer remarkable longevity. They can last for 30 years or longer, whereas a fixed bridge may endure for just 10 years or so.
- An implant looks and feels even more natural than a fixed bridge.
- Caring for an implant is easy. Maintaining a dental implant is similar in many respects to caring for natural teeth. A fixed bridge requires that you use a floss threader to clean the area beneath the pontic.
Are you ready to fill in the gap in your smile? Contact our team to schedule a consultation with Dr. Boehmer, your implant dentist in Albuquerque.