Many factors must be considered when choosing between a bridge and an implant for the replacement of a single tooth. However, there are advantages and disadvantages to both forms of treatment.
The main advantage of the single-tooth implant lies in the fact that the adjacent teeth do not have to be worked on in order to fit a bridge. These teeth are left alone and are not linked as part of a larger restoration. Not having to bear the load of the bridge gives the neighboring teeth less chance of decay in the future.
Another advantage is that a dental implant will replace your tooth root so that the bone is better preserved. With a bridge, some of the bone that currently surrounds the tooth begins to resorb, (re-absorb or deteriorate). Dental implants integrate with your jawbone which help to keep the bone healthy and intact.
Replacing A Single Front Tooth
In replacing a single front tooth, the process can be somewhat difficult to accomplish because it will be more prominent in the smile. Achieving the exact position necessary next to the nearby teeth takes a bit more time. As well, the color matching has to be very well done. The issue is that the new tooth will have a functional aspect and so it is important to make sure that the tooth will be used to chew and rip the food properly.
Getting a balance between the look of the tooth and its functionality is a challenge that Dr. Jalbout is able to able to achieve for you right here in our Manhattan office as he applies his many years of experience performing dental implants.
Replacing A Single Back Tooth
Replacing a single back tooth happens more often than that of a front tooth. Molars and pre-molars are usually the first teeth to succumb to decay and gum disease. Research shows that most of our chewing is done with the first molar, So, the replacement of a first molar is a high priority to maintain full function. For a second molar that possibly needs to be replaced, it is good to have a discussion with us to see if it is a procedure that is really necessary for you.