One single missing tooth can greatly change the way you smile, if not stop you from smiling all together. In any case, your smile depends on a full set of healthy vibrant teeth. Although a single missing tooth may not seem urgent, it can affect your bite, lead to bone loss in your jaw, and cause damage to surrounding teeth. However, Dr. Fotek offers a highly sophisticated method for replacing missing teeth. Contact us at our Jupiter office today to learn more about how a dental implant can replace both the form and function of a real tooth.
Except for your wisdom teeth, all of the teeth in your mouth serve three different purposes:
As you can see, if you are missing a single tooth, it’s definitely a big deal. The best solution is to contact the Dental Healing Arts to replace your missing tooth. By replacing your tooth, you will have your speech and chewing ability restored to its full capacity. You will also force your remaining teeth to stay in place, which will prevent the problems arising from misaligned teeth.
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More and more people tend to find that they are incompatible to conventional titanium implants. Negative reactions to the metal have been found over the past few years.
A replacement material is now available with modern high-performance ceramic zirconium oxide, which also brings aesthetic benefits:
At our luxurious Jupiter practice, we offer two primary options for restoring missing teeth:
Just as the name suggests, a bridge is designed to bridge the gap between missing teeth. It consists of a replacement tooth supported by two adjacent dental crowns. In order for Dr. Fotek to place a bridge, she must prepare the adjacent teeth by gently removing a portion of the enamel. Then, crowns are bonded on both ends of the bridge to suspend the pontic over the empty tooth socket. Keep in mind that a bridge can feature more than one pontic to replace more than one lost tooth in a row. With the right care, your dental bridge can last several years before may need to be replaced. While bridges are great solutions for missing teeth, most patients do not like the notion of placing crowns on their healthy teeth.
As the more true-to-nature option for tooth replacement, dental implants restored with crowns have several advantages over normal bridgework. Implant-supported crowns do not require your healthy teeth to be crowned and can last a lifetime. In addition, implant-supported crowns actually stimulate the jaw, which helps you maintain a healthy jawbone density. The goal at the Dental Healing Arts is to provide you with the most healthy smile possible. This means your dental treatment plan will be based on your individual goals and health. For more information about which single tooth replacement option is best for you, contact Dr. Fotek at our Jupiter practice for a consultation.