Do you have an incomplete smile from a missing tooth? Whether from decay, disease, or trauma, we can fill the empty space using the latest advancements in dentistry. In the past, replacing a missing tooth involved the use of a fixed bridge. Although it is still an effective treatment, many patients have come to prefer a dental implant in Spring. By replacing both the root and crown of the tooth, you can enjoy the next best thing to your natural teeth while also benefiting from certain advantages that are not possible with a traditional bridge. At Dream Smile Team, Dr. Clifton Baldwin creates the customized treatment plan you need to rebuild your smile.
Now, you have two options to replace a missing tooth. The most traditional treatment involves a fixed bridge. A prosthetic tooth is carefully crafted to match the appearance of your natural teeth. It is held in place by reshaping your adjacent teeth to bond dental crowns over them. Although this method is effective, it requires you to permanently alter healthy teeth and it must be replaced about every 5 years.
As an alternative to a traditional bride, you can enjoy the stability of dental implants in Spring. Your custom-made restoration is anchored to your jawbone by surgically placing a titanium implant post into your jawbone. This not only replaces the crown but the root as well. You will enjoy a solution that closely looks and feels natural while also holding the potential to last forever with the right aftercare.
To replace your missing tooth, your implant dentist in Spring, Dr. Baldwin performs a comprehensive consultation to ensure you are a candidate. He takes a CT scan to assess your jawbone and to determine the ideal placement for your post.
Replacing your tooth involves a multi-step treatment process. Your oral surgeon opens your gum tissue to expose your jawbone and drills a small hole into it while you are under sedation or anesthesia. The implant post is inserted into your jaw and your tissue is closed. Over the next several weeks, your jawbone fuses to the implant post.
After your jawbone heals, an abutment is placed on the post using a minor surgical procedure. This acts as a connector piece between the post and the crown. About 2 weeks after your abutment is placed, your custom-made restoration is attached to complete your smile.
Replacing the root and the crown allows you to enjoy several benefits that are not possible with a traditional bridge.
You can regain a confident, functional, and beautiful smile with dental implants. Contact Dream Smile Team today to see which treatment option is right for you.