Implant Placement and Restoration
FILL IN THE GAP AND RECOMPLETE YOUR SMILE
Sadly, many people who have a missing tooth choose not to replace it. They may believe that doing so isn’t necessary because they can still eat without much trouble, and they might not be too concerned about aesthetics. However, even a single missing tooth can have dire consequences for your oral health! Over time, the bone that once supported the tooth will deteriorate. The surrounding teeth may also drift out of place, leading to painful misalignment and bite problems. We strongly encourage all of our patients who have lost even one member of their smile to consider their options for single tooth replacement in Pasadena.
SINGLE TOOTH REPLACEMENT OPTIONS
There are two ways in which we can replacing a missing tooth:
A fixed bridge, sometimes called a crown and bridge, is a prosthesis with two crowns that fit over the teeth that are adjacent to the empty space. They support an artificial tooth between them. Bridges may be constructed out of metal or porcelain, but porcelain is the more popular choice due to its natural appearance. A bridge can be quite sturdy, prevent the remaining natural teeth from drifting out of place, and restore full dental function.
The other option for replacing a missing tooth is a single dental implant. Dental implants in Pasadena are small titanium cylinders that we place underneath the gum line in a minimally invasive surgery. The soft tissue at the insertion site tends to heal quite quickly, but it may be a few months before the bone recovers. During this period, the jaw actually fuses to the implant, thus enabling it to act as a substitute tooth root. Once that happens, we attach a beautiful, custom-made crown to the top of the implant to replace the visible portion of the missing tooth.
THE BENEFITS OF IMPLANT-SUPPORTED SINGLE TOOTH REPLACEMENT
Although both fixed bridges and dental implants are sound options for replacing a tooth, we often recommend that our patients consider an implant as their top choice. We do so for several reasons:
- Placing a fixed bridge requires that we significantly modify the structure of the teeth next to the gap. With a dental implant, that step isn’t necessary, and we’re able to preserve healthier dentition.
- Since an implant bonds with the bone around it, it can prevent the jaw from losing density and mass. A fixed bridge may last for about 10 – 15 years. A dental implant, on the other hand, has the potential to last for decades. It could even last for the rest of your life!
- Implants provide the most natural-looking and natural-feeling tooth replacement.
- An implant is easy to care for; you can treat it in much the same way as you would treat a natural tooth.
CONTACT SIERRA SMILES TODAY
As your trusted dentist in Pasadena, we want to help you recomplete your smile. If it is finally time to replace that missing tooth, contact us to schedule a consultation or learn more about your treatment options.
BENEFITS OF DENTAL IMPLANTS IN PASADENA
While we do our best to work with you to keep your smile healthy and whole through preventive and general dentistry services, the truth is that most people will lose at least one tooth over the course of a lifetime. But the good news is that all hope is not lost after one or more teeth go missing! There is a wealth of benefits associated with dental implants in Pasadena for patients dealing with gaps in the smile. We’ve got the top 6 benefits below!
#1: A COMPREHENSIVE REPLACEMENT OPTION
Nothing else replaces one or more missing teeth as well as dental implants, which take care of the missing tooth’s supportive root as well as the visible crown. This method provides unsurpassed stability for the crown, bridge, or denture that is affixed on top.
#2: EAT WHAT YOU LIKE
Because dental implants mimic the natural tooth structure, you do not have to worry about them slipping or sliding around while you are trying to eat your favorite meal. Patients who choose to replace their teeth with comprehensive dental implants can eat a balanced, nutritious diet which supports their overall health as they age.
#3: SMILE WITH TOTAL CONFIDENCE
Missing teeth result in the loss of bone structure that can lead to a sunken jaw that makes you look older than you really are — unless those teeth are replaced with dental implants. Because the titanium posts bring blood flow to the jaw, the bone is preserved, and you can enjoy your youthful glow.
#4: KEEP YOUR REMAINING TEETH
Dental implants help you retain your remaining natural teeth for life by promoting excellent oral health. Plus, you won’t have to worry about them moving around and causing orthodontic issues since there is a sturdy replacement filling in the gaps.
#5: DENTAL IMPLANTS ARE EASY TO CLEAN
Dental implants mimic your natural tooth’s structure, which means they are just as easy to clean as the rest of your smile. Simply remember to brush your teeth for two minutes, twice a day and floss daily to keep your teeth and gums healthy for the long haul.
#6: A GOOD INVESTMENT
While dental implants may cost more upfront than other options in tooth replacement, they almost always end up being the best investment over time. That’s because, in eligible candidates, dental implants are over 95% successful. What’s more, with proper care and a healthy lifestyle, dental implants can be expected to last for a lifetime. And you really can’t go wrong when you invest in your smile!
LEARN MORE ABOUT DENTAL IMPLANTS!
Are you interested in finding out more about dental implants in Pasadena, including whether or not this option is right for your smile? We would love to discuss this option with you in full detail. Go ahead and contact us to schedule a dental implant consultation today!