Following the loss of just one tooth, many people think they don’t need to replace it. If you can’t see the missing tooth within your smile, what’s the point? Unfortunately, even one lost tooth impacts your overall oral health, and if you don’t replace one tooth, you may lose more teeth. Some of the negative effects of tooth loss include teeth shifting out of alignment, greater risk for dental chips and cracks, uneven dental wear, and loss of supportive oral structures. In order to avoid these consequences of tooth loss, we encourage patients to contact Nawrocki Dental as soon as you damage or lose a tooth. We will schedule a restorative dentistry and tooth replacement consultation for you. During your consultation appointment at our dental office in Cocoa Beach, we’ll examine your smile, walk you through all of your treatment options, and partner with you to create an individual plan to replace your lost tooth and restore you smile.
When replacing one lost tooth, you will have two main options:
A traditional dental bridge is a tooth replacement prosthetic that is crafted using two dental crowns to support a replacement tooth. The replacement tooth, or pontic, is fused on both sides to dental crowns. Then, the healthy teeth on either side of the lost tooth are filed down to accommodate the dental crown. Then, the entire prosthetic is cemented in place seamlessly recreating your smile.
Implant-retained dental crowns allow us to replace your lost tooth without removing healthy tooth structure, which is necessary for traditional dental crown placement. Instead, a dental implant post is placed into the gum line, replacing the tooth root. After the implant has fused with the gum and bone tissue, a dental crown is custom-crafted. Then, an abutment post is used to attach the dental crown to your implant post. Once in place, your fully self-supporting single tooth implant will look, feel, and function just like the tooth it replaced.
If you’re still not convinced that an implant supported dental crown is the right solution for you, consider the following benefits of this tooth replacement option:
Oral health-preserving – because the root of your tooth is replaced, you’ll receive the stimulus necessary to preserve the healthy gum tissue volume and jawbone density necessary to maintain your optimal level of oral health and function as well as a natural appearance.