Missing teeth will affect your smile and confidence. You may feel self-conscious when speaking and chewing and will need to find a solution. Dental implants are a permanent tooth replacement option and act, feel and look just like natural teeth. It’s a popular solution to restore the appearance and function of your smile, and dental implants can be paired with different types of restorations to replace a single tooth or multiple teeth. 

Single Tooth Replacement

If you are missing a single tooth, you will have different options, and the right one will depend on your needs and treatment goals. Your dentist will discuss this information and will provide you with professional recommendations, which will likely include one of the following:

  • Dental implants for simple tooth replacement. 

One of the best treatment options for those who only have one missing tooth is a single-tooth replacement with a dental implant and crown restoration. This will provide you with a very natural feeling because dental implants mimic the tooth’s natural root. 

Additionally, dental implants feel very natural because the jawbone physically bonds to the implant after it is surgically placed within the jaw, just like the jawbone bonds naturally to the tooth’s root. 

Your dentist in Kingsville will first have to determine if you are a suitable candidate for dental implants. Patients must be healthy enough to undergo surgery in order to receive dental implant treatment, and they must have sufficient jawbones to support the dental implant. If your jawbone is insufficient, a bone graft may be required to rebuild your jaw for dental implant treatment. 

  • Dental bridges for single tooth replacement. 

This is a non-invasive option for the replacement of a single tooth and is a good choice for patients who wish to avoid surgery or cannot undergo surgery as a result of underlying health issues. 

Dental bridges are made of two crowns joined by an artificial tooth, and the crowns are then placed over your teeth adjacent to the missing tooth to replace your missing tooth. Dental bridges can restore dental function, but there are a few downsides, and your healthy teeth must be filled and altered in order to place the bridge. This will allow them to accommodate the crowns used to attach the bridge. The bridge can also leave a slight gap between the artificial tooth and gums, and this area will have to be cleaned with a bridge cleaner. 

Multiple Teeth Replacement

There are also several options for replacing several missing teeth, and dental implants can be used to replace several teeth or a full set of missing teeth. 

  • Dental implants for multiple tooth replacement.

Dental implants can be paired with implant-supported bridges or implant-supported dentures to replace more than two teeth or a full arch of teeth. When paired with dental bridges, the dental crowns used to attach the bridge within the mouth are attached to dental implants, which allows the replacement of three or more teeth using only two dental implants. 

With implant-supported dentures, a set of dentures is attached within the mouth using as little as four or six dental implants, which would make it possible for denture wearers to enjoy a secure fit and improved dental function. Your dentures will remain firmly in place when eating and speaking, and you will never have to worry about your dentures sliding or falling out. 

  • Traditional Dentures.

This is always an option for replacing multiple teeth. Traditional, removable dentures are not known to provide the secure fit and improved function as implant-supported dentures, but they may be a great option for patients who are not healthy enough to undergo surgery or who do not want to undergo surgery. 

Choose the Experts for Your Tooth Replacement Needs

Do you have missing teeth? Kingsville Family Dental can help restore your smile. We will discuss all of the tooth replacement options that are available and will provide you with professional recommendations regarding the treatment that is right for you. 

Dental implants are very popular, and we will assess your mouth to determine if you are a suitable candidate. We will further discuss the many benefits of this treatment, and our dentist will listen to your goals and dental concerns to provide you with the best treatment. 

We have been serving the Kingsville community for years and would love to be part of your oral health journey. Contact us today to schedule your next dental appointment!