Replacing a missing tooth is important for many reasons, including maintaining a functional smile for the long run. Even “just one” missing tooth can have a detrimental effect on the health and function of your smile as teeth begin to shift, bone is lost in the jaw and these changes affect the bite.
Dr. Karl Neuhaus provides comprehensive dental implant services to restore a beautiful, comfortable smile. Whether your missing tooth is the result of an accident, disease, or genetic, a dental implant can provide a permanent and secure replacement that will look, feel, and function like your remaining teeth.
Dental Implant VS Dental Bridge: What To Consider
A single dental implant is now considered the standard of care for those missing a single tooth. Unfortunately, most dentists are not trained in the placement of dental implants, so the most commonly used solution is a fixed dental bridge. This approach involves filing down the two surrounding teeth – which are usually healthy – so that dental crowns can be placed to strengthen them as they act as anchors for the bridge. The three-unit bridge will consist of two dental crowns, which go over the supporting tooth and a prosthetic tooth in the center to replace the missing tooth.
The damage to the structure of the surrounding teeth is permanent. Further, statistics reveal that these damaged teeth eventually fail due to the stresses placed on them by the bridge. The result is the eventual loss of those teeth and an even longer bridge. As additional teeth are affected and lost, your oral health can decline and complex problems may begin to affect your daily quality of life. Dental implants provide the most natural, “tooth-like” replacement option and enable you to speak and eat normally, as well as supporting healthy bone structure in the jaw.
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Dr. Neuhaus is both highly trained in implant dentistry and is a member of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID). He has years of experience placing dental implants for patients and can help you achieve a new, comfortable smile that also improves your daily quality of life. Call out Amherst dentist office at 716-691-8394 or schedule your appointment online.