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Available Treatments for One Missing Tooth

Tysons man and woman smiling It’s amazing how a single missing tooth can throw off an entire smile, right? One missing tooth tends to create more of a cosmetic problem than anything else, and that can seem very small until you’re at a wedding or reunion and the camera phones start coming out. Dent-Plant’s team of experts can help you fill in the gap so that the next time you need to smile for the camera, you can do so with confidence.

Single-Tooth Implant

single tooth implant model

With this treatment, a single dental implant is attached to an all-porcelain crown. Compared to the other treatments on this page, this solution is the closest thing to getting your natural tooth back, because not only is the visible portion of your tooth restored, but so is the root structure below. After it has been placed, only you and your dentist will be able to tell that it’s not real.

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Fixed Bridge

dental bridge on a gum structure model

A fixed bridge is a more stable solution than a partial denture in that it doesn’t need to be removed in order to be cleaned and maintained. It consists of two dental crowns placed on the teeth surrounding the missing one that is attached to a prosthetic tooth that literally “bridges” the gap. The supporting teeth typically have to be filed down in order to accommodate the crowns, which does result in the loss of healthy tooth structure, but bridges do offer a long term, surgery-free solution.

Partial Denture

partial one-tooth denture model

A partial denture consists of a prosthetic tooth attached to an acrylic gum-colored base, and it is held in place using small metal clips that attach to the neighboring teeth. This is one of the quickest solutions when it comes to replacing a missing tooth, but it is by no means a permanent one. What partial dentures have in speed they lack in longevity, and the clips can often put a strain on the neighboring teeth. However, when you need results for an event coming up in a week, it can keep you situated until you can get a more permanent solution.

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