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Single Tooth Dental Implants – Louisville, KY

Close the Gap and Protect Your Oral Health

If you are missing a single tooth, is it really that important to replace it? Some people might say no, thinking that if you can still chew without too much difficulty, there is no reason to spend money on tooth replacement. They might not even be concerned about the aesthetic problems that a missing tooth can bring.

However, it is important to replace even one lost tooth. That is because other teeth may begin to drift out of place, leading to painful dental misalignment. Eventually, bone loss and even further tooth loss is a probability. As your dentist in Louisville, our team can help you to avoid such problems with our single tooth replacement options.

Single Tooth Replacement Options

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There are basically two ways in which you might choose to replace a single tooth:

  • A traditional fixed bridge is a dental prosthetic that has a crown on each end. The crowns get permanently cemented on top of the abutment teeth (the teeth next to the empty space). An artificial tooth, called a pontic, “bridges” the gap. Fixed bridges are a popular option because they are reliable and natural-looking. They can prevent dental drift and have the potential to last for a decade or longer.
  • A dental implant is a prosthetic tooth root. It gets inserted into the jawbone during a minimally invasive surgery. After the surrounding bone bonds with the implant, an abutment gets placed on the implant. The abutment serves to secure a beautiful, natural-looking dental crown in the previously empty space.

Benefits of Implant-Supported Single Tooth Replacement

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While either a fixed bridge or a dental implant can provide adequate tooth replacement, we believe that dental implants in Louisville are the superior option. They offer some significant advantages over fixed bridges:

  • No tooth modification necessary. To place a fixed bridge, we must significantly alter the abutment teeth by removing some enamel. A dental implant is entirely self-supporting and allows the nearby teeth to retain their natural structure.
  • Bone health benefits. A dental implant stimulates the jawbone and helps to keep it strong and whole. A fixed bridge does not do that.
  • As long as it receives proper care, a dental implant has the potential to last a lifetime.
  • Easy maintenance. You can care for a dental implant in much the same way as you would care for a natural tooth.
  • Because a dental implant lasts for so long, it may actually present a better long-term financial value than a fixed bridge.
  • Natural form and function. Implant-supported tooth replacement looks and feels so natural that you might even forget it’s there!
  • Rebuild a tooth from the root up. A dental implant provides total tooth replacement, whereas a bridge only replaces the visible portion of a lost tooth.

Contact Exceptional Dentistry Today

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Are you finally ready to replace your lost tooth? Contact our team to schedule your restorative consultation. Hopefully, it will not be long before you once again own a complete, and completely healthy, smile.