Single Tooth Replacement
Edmonds, WA

3D rendering of a dental implant next to healthy teeth fromPerrinville Family Dentistry in Edmonds, WA 98026-5524If you are missing a single tooth, the best option for you is likely to be a single tooth implant. Other options may include prosthetics such as a dental bridge, but often a single tooth replacement is the best choice. This is a relatively simple procedure that will improve your ability to chew and restore your confidence in your smile.

At Perrinville Family Dentistry, we offer single tooth replacements with the assistance of a prosthodontist, and we can let you know if a single tooth replacement is right for you. A prosthodontist is a dental expert that specializes in the replacement and restoration of teeth as well as surgical procedures around the jaw and gum line.

Why Would a Single Tooth Replacement Be Superior to a Bridge?

There are several reasons why a single tooth replacement may be more advantageous than installing a bridge. For one, additional procedures may need to be performed on neighboring teeth to install a bridge. This usually involves grinding the neighboring teeth down so that they are level, and the bridge can be supported.

With a single tooth replacement, the neighboring teeth are left unaffected and their health does not need to be sacrificed. Additionally, with a bridge it is possible that the bone around the missing tooth may start to deteriorate. A single tooth replacement is fixed to the jawbone so that the bone remains healthy and stable.

A single tooth replacement may also be easier to keep clean than a bridge. The substance used to attach a bridge to your teeth may erode over time, allowing bacteria to get into places they normally could not. It is also possible that the gum line around the bridge may start to recede, exposing fixtures used in the installation process.

What Does the Process of Implanting a Single Tooth Involve?

When installing a single tooth, a dental implant is inserted into your jaw where your tooth is missing. This implant is a tiny metal piece that often resembles a screw. The implant is then allowed to set and heal for up to six months so that it properly fuses with the bone and creates a secure attachment for the dental crown. Sometimes a temporary replacement is installed to restore limited functionality.

If an extension piece is not installed on the implant, then a second procedure may be necessary to fit an extension. First, the implant is exposed so that the extension piece can be fitted. Once it is fitted, the extension will act as a foundation for the installation of a crown.

A crown is the part of the replacement that resembles the missing tooth. It is a prosthetic that is carefully crafted to match the appearance of the tooth being replaced. The crown is then fixed to the metal implant with an abutment, which is a small metal rod. The crown is made to appear natural, so it should blend in with your smile and restore functionality in chewing.

A single tooth replacement is one of the easiest procedures for restoring a missing tooth. If you want to know if this is your best option, call Perrinville Family Dentistry at (425) 616-0620 and we will help you find an answer. A single tooth replacement will give you the ability to chew and smile with confidence, so call today and see what our team can do to help.

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