A single missing tooth can be replaced with a crown supported by an implant. Two or more missing adjacent teeth can be replaced with a multi-unit bridge supported by an implant. When patients ask us why implant treatment is preferable to traditional crown and bridge treatment, there are 5 advantages our Smile Design dentists state with confidence.
- Healthy teeth will not need to be modified to support a bridge with crowns. You will replace your missing tooth or teeth without compromising healthy teeth.
- Your implant treatment is likely to be a one-time treatment. Implant restorations are highly successful and last indefinitely, usually the rest of your life if you maintain excellent oral hygiene. Crown and bridge treatment may need replacement over the years.
- This is the most lifelike treatment with the greatest functional strength, stability, and natural beauty.
- The implant will stimulate bone growth and maintain your jawbone volume and density.
- If you are replacing a single tooth now and one or more adjacent teeth are at risk for future restoration, the one implant post you receive now can be used to support a multi-unit implant bridge in later.
Your Smile Design Dentist will evaluate your needs and recommend the best course of treatment and alternatives that may be available. At Smile Design Dentistry, we have expertise in implant treatment evaluation, planning, placement of implants, bone grafting if this is needed, and implant restoration.
Give your local Smile Design office a call today and consider your implant options. We offer complimentary initial implant consultations.
Three Good Reasons Not to Postpone Your Implant Treatment Decision
- Adjacent tooth roots typically drift into the gap left by a lost tooth. As teeth move out of alignment, your bite and smile can be negatively affected, requiring orthodontic treatment to restore health and aesthetics.
- Your chewing function will be decreased where a tooth is missing, and you may modify your chewing to put most stress on the other side of your mouth, increasing wear on those teeth and producing TMJ/TMD associated tenderness.
- Implant treatment will help prevent periodontal bone resorption where tooth roots were lost. If you think you might want implant treatment in the future, you want to have maximum bone volume and density to hold the implant. Bone grafting might not be needed or only be a minor procedure if you move ahead with treatment now.