Replace a single tooth
Treatment: an implant-supported single crown
A missing tooth can affect the way you eat, speak, look and feel.
It might be that you’ve suffered trauma, infection, a root fracture or a failed filling. Maybe your crowns keep falling out or you’ve been missing a tooth from birth. Whatever the cause, a dental gap can be a source of distress and discomfort.
An implant-supported single crown looks and feels just like a natural tooth. It’s fairly straightforward to insert and causes no damage to the adjacent teeth. – unlike a bridge which can damage the healthy teeth on either side, possibly creating more problems for the future.
By filling in the gap it stops the bone loss which happens when a tooth root is no longer there. Indeed, it can actually help to stimulate the bone and prevent sideways movement among the surrounding teeth. With conventional good oral hygiene and dental care, Dental implants boast a 98% long-term success rate.- which shows how incredibly effective this treatment option can be.
There are alternatives to dental implants, but there are often compromises involved...
Instead of an implant-supported tooth, you could opt for a conventional bridge. However, this solution can compromise the health of adjacent teeth, cause gum-bone shrinkage and place additional stress on supporting teeth during chewing.
You could choose to leave a gap, but gaps can be unsightly and often affect eating, speech and confidence. What’s more, over time the bone and gum around the gap will shrink and the surrounding teeth can shift, causing a whole host of other problems further down the line.