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Single Tooth Dental Implants – Greenbelt & Millersville, MD

Root & Crown Dental Restoration

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If you’ve lost just one tooth, you may be thinking, “No one can see it when I smile, do I really need to replace one tooth?” The shortest answer is, “Yes, you do.” At McCarl Dental Group, we pride ourselves on offering patients only the best in dentistry services, so whether you’ve lost one tooth or a full row of teeth, we’re going to encourage you to replace the lost dental structure and complete your smile. Even one lost tooth can adversely affect your smile in a number of ways, including shifting teeth out of alignment and increasing risk for dental damage like chips and cracks. To avoid complications like these, we encourage patients to call McCarl Dental Group to schedule a tooth replacement consultation at our dental office in Greenbelt or Millersville. One of our experienced dentists will carefully examine your smile and take the time to discuss all of your treatment options before partnering with you to complete the tooth replacement plan that is right for you. To learn more about replacing one missing tooth, keep reading or reach out to our knowledgeable dentistry team. We’re always here to help.

Why Choose McCarl Dental Group for Single Tooth Dental Implants?

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  • Comprehensive tooth replacement plans with start to finish convenience
  • Taking a team approach to providing exceptional dental care
  • All the latest dental techniques & advanced dentistry technologies

Single Tooth Replacement Options

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If you’ve lost one tooth, we will likely recommend one of the following two tooth replacement options:

Fixed Bridge

The traditional single tooth replacement prosthetic is a fixed bridge. This restoration is made by fusing two dental crowns, one on either side, to a replacement tooth called a pontic. Then, the entire prosthetic is fitted into the smile. The dental crowns are affixed to healthy teeth on both sides of the lost tooth supporting the pontic between them. This prosthetic literally bridges the gap in your smile, which is why these restorations are referred to as “fixed bridges.”

Implant Supported Dental Crown

Unfortunately, a fixed bridge relies on the removal of healthy tooth structure to provide support for the pontic and the root structure of the missing tooth is not replaced. For these reasons, we may recommend an implant supported dental crown, since the restoration option more closely mimics natural tooth structure. A dental implant is positioned into the gum line to replace the lost tooth root. Then, a dental crown is affixed to the implant post, seamlessly recreating your healthy tooth.

Benefits of Implant Supported Single Tooth Replacement

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There are many benefits to choosing dental implant supported tooth replacement options over traditional restorations, including:

  • Natural look and feel – the implant post replaces the lost tooth root, giving patients a closer to natural end result.
  • Longevity – a fixed bridge will need to be replaced about every ten years, but implant retained dental crowns have a success rate of greater than 90% after 20 years.
  • No hassle – you may need to change up the way you brush and floss your teeth in order to prevent bacteria and plaque accumulation between the base of the fixed bridge and your gum line. Implant supported dental crowns can be brushed and flossed just like your healthy, natural smile.