Single Tooth Replacement with Dental Implants
People lose a single tooth for a number of reasons. Usually people lose a tooth due to decay (either natural or due to poor care) or due to an accident. Missing a tooth can not only be inconvenient (you may lose the ability to eat the foods you love), it can also be embarrassing.
Fortunately, there are a number of options for replacing a missing tooth. In this post, I will focus on the best option to replace your tooth: a dental implant.
Replacing a tooth with a dental implant
Replacing a single tooth is a relatively simple process and can usually be completed in only a couple of visits to the dental office. Historically a single tooth was replaced by either a partial denture (also referred to as a “flipper”) or by using a dental bridge. Today, the most effective method to replace a single tooth is through the use of a dental implant. Dental implants provide a man-made replacement for a dental root in which a prosthetic tooth or “crown” is attached using dental grade adhesive or by being screwed down.
Can I replace my tooth with a bridge?
It used to be common practice to replace a missing tooth with a traditional bridge. This was done by attaching a bridge to the two natural teeth adjacent to the missing tooth area. This is The process of attaching the bridge requires grinding down both of the adjacent teeth and is reliant on those teeth remaining healthy. A bridge doesn't address the challenges associated with bone loss at the site of the missing tooth and will fail if either of the supporting teeth become sick or damaged. For this reason, a dental implant is a much better option to replace a missing tooth.
Single tooth dental implant cost
Costs to replace a missing tooth with a dental implant usually include the dental implant itself, an abutment (which connects the dental implant to the crown), the crown and of course the dentist's time. Typically, costs range from $2,498 to over $5,000 per tooth. At Britely we are proud to be able to offer affordably priced dental implants at $1,998.
Ultimately, you get what you pay for. A dental implant is an investment in your health and your smile. If you're missing a tooth and considering your options, be sure to consider the benefits of a dental implant. An implant is the surest way to get back the function, feel and look of your missing natural tooth.