I’m missing a tooth- what are my options?

So you’re missing a tooth.
If you’re worried about aesthetic or functionality issues that can come along with a gap in your gums, you might be interested in a dental implant.

Dental implants are great at keeping your smile attractive, but they do a lot more than that. Among other things, dental implants provide the structural stability and functionality that you might miss after having a tooth removed.

Why should I get an implant instead of a bridge?
Dental implants are different from dental bridges. A dental bridge is a false tooth that is held in place by crowning adjacent teeth on either side of the gap. While this is the most traditional approach to filling a gap left by a missing tooth, there are a few setbacks..

Alternatively, a dental implant replaces the absent tooth’s root without needing to involve or damage any adjacent teeth. By replacing not only the missing tooth but also its root, this process secures the jawbone which will slowly erode after tooth loss. The tooth’s root also helps to absorb some of the forces needed to chew fibrous foods, like fresh fruits and vegetables. Dental implants are considered a much more permanent tooth replacement than dental bridges and also have also been shown to last a longer time than bridges.

The best first step for replacing a tooth is to set up a consultation with our incredible surgical team. Get in touch with us and we’ll get you scheduled!

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(281) 256-8400

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(281) 458-7400

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(832) 416-1341

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(979) 316-5000