Single Tooth Loss: What Are Your Options?
- Posted on: Jan 15 2024
Missing just one tooth can negatively affect your oral health and self-confidence. Luckily, there are options to correct single tooth loss at our dental office in Simi Valley, CA. Read on to discover how Dr. Robert D. Bankhardt and Dr. Casey Patterson, DDS, can help you restore your smile.
Dental Bridges Can Quickly Close a Gap
Whether you have a missing tooth in the front of your mouth or the sides, a dental bridge offers an effective solution for single-tooth loss. By attaching crowns to neighboring teeth, your dentist can secure an artificial tooth called a pontic to cover the exposed socket.
Bridges are more cost-effective than implants, and they can be performed in one or two visits. For those who want a fast solution that is more budget-friendly than implants, discuss dental bridges with Dr. Bankhardt or Dr. Patterson!
Implants Offer Permanent Restoration
The main drawback of a dental bridge is that if you ever need work performed on one of the anchor teeth, the entire bridge needs to be replaced. Additionally, a bridge cannot prevent jaw deterioration (bone loss) from missing a tooth. This occurs through a process called resorption, in which the jaw bone loses its mass.
Dental implants serve as truly artificial teeth, using a metal screw to connect with the jawbone and provide the stimulation natural teeth do. Once the bone fuses to the implant, a process called osteointegration, your implant is capped with a natural-looking porcelain or ceramic dental crown.
Implants last 10 to 30 years, making them the most advanced and long-lasting permanent tooth replacement solution.
Discuss Tooth Replacement Today
Please contact us today to connect with one of our restorative dentists in Simi Valley, CA. Dr. Bankhardt is a passionate, experienced professional who has been in practice for decades. Dr. Patterson always aspired to work in Simi Valley, and he was eager to begin his career after graduating from the University of Buffalo School of Dental Medicine.
Together, Dr. Bankhardt and Dr. Patterson offer personalized care and advanced restorative solutions to patients throughout the community.
Please call our office at (805) 584-1194 or submit a contact form to connect with us. We are here to answer all of your questions.
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