Single Missing Tooth

pdm_dental-implant-placementHouston dental implants are an ideal solution for the replacement of a single tooth. The placement of one implant to replace a missing tooth can be successfully achieved without harming any surrounding teeth. The titanium post, abutment, and crown would simply take the place of the missing tooth.

A Removable Partial Denture Instead of Houston Dental Implants

A removable partial denture can be used to replace missing teeth instead of Houston dental implants. However, a removable partial denture does not afford the same stability of dental implants or even a fixed dental bridge. A removable partial denture is made of plastic, in a color similar to your gum material with an artificial tooth attached to it. This partial denture is then held in place with metal clips.

A Fixed Dental Bridge Instead of Houston Dental Implants

A fixed dental bridge is a stable, permanent solution that can be used for the replacement of a single tooth instead of Houston dental implants. While it does not provide the additional health benefits of dental implants, it will allow you to eat, talk, and laugh without worrying about the security of the dental bridge.

A dental bridge consists of three crown units combined in a row. The two end crown units of the dental bridge serve as anchors and are fitted to the two teeth surrounding the empty space. The center crown unit of the dental bridge is suspended over the empty space, maintaining the space of the teeth and preventing them from shifting.

The downside of the dental bridge is that your natural teeth must be reshaped to accommodate the end crown units of the dental bridge. This is not the case with Houston dental implants, which require no alterations to any of your healthy, natural teeth. Also, unlike Houston dental implants, the dental bridge will do nothing to stop the bone deterioration at the site of missing teeth.

Houston dental implants are generally recommended as the best option to replace a single missing tooth and multiple missing teeth.