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Replace One Tooth In Las Vegas

There are several options to replace one tooth once it has gone missing from your mouth. People lose teeth for many reasons including accidents, illness, gum disease, and tooth decay. Sometimes patients believe that one missing tooth doesn’t need to be replaced, especially if that tooth is located in the back of the mouth. Unfortunately one missing tooth – even when that tooth is lost to an accident or injury – almost always leads to more lost teeth.

Why Replace Just One Tooth?

When a tooth falls out or is removed, the jaw bone and gum tissue that used to surround the tooth begins to shrink up. This shrinkage means your surrounding teeth will shift. As they move, your bite changes, the pressure your jaw can withstand changes, and your remaining teeth become more vulnerable to gingivitis and tooth decay. That’s why it’s imperative to replace even one missing tooth.

Dr. Kevin Khorshid of Dental Implants in Las Vegas gives patients options to replace one tooth. He knows that tooth loss is a very personal and often sensitive matter. He conducts thorough consultations with all patients to get a better understanding of what caused the tooth loss, gauge the health of your remaining teeth, and present options to replace one tooth based on your oral health and your personal preferences.

Single Dental Implant for Replacing One Tooth

Dental implants are a permanent option for replacing one tooth, and are very popular among patients because they are very natural looking and feeling. A small titanium post is inserted into the space where your tooth used to sit, under the gums and in the jaw, just like a natural tooth root. A custom-made dental crown is then cemented into place over the post.

Dental implants are permanent, strong, and very natural looking. Once your mouth has healed, you won’t even notice that you have an implant. You take care of Dental Implants the same way you care for natural teeth – by brushing and flossing twice a day and keeping your biannual dental checkups.

Dental Bridges For Replacing One Tooth

A dental bridge is another choice among your options for replacing one tooth. A bridge is a dental prosthetic that is held in place by the two healthy teeth on either side of your gap. Those teeth are called “abutment teeth” and anchor the bridge in place. Dr. Khorshid will place crowns on both teeth that hold a false tooth in place over the gap. That false tooth “bridges” the space, and giving this type of dental prosthetic its name. If your abutment teeth are in danger of decay, Dr. K may recommend using implants to act as abutments for your bridge.

Partial Denture For Replacing One Tooth

A partial denture is similar to a bridge in that a false tooth covers up your gap, but partial dentures can either be fixed, like a bridge, or removable. A removable partial uses tiny finger-like grips or sometimes metal wires that wrap around your surrounding teeth to hold it into place. These grips aren’t seen from the front of your teeth, so most people will never know you’re wearing a partial. Removable partials need to be taken out to eat and for cleaning. Fixed partials, sometimes called bonded dentures, are anchored in place and don’t come out for eating or cleaning.

Choosing Among The Options For Replacing One Tooth

Every single patient is different, and no two missing teeth are ever the same. That’s why it’s important to work with a dentist who not only considers your oral health, but your personal goals and preferences, as well. Dr. Kevin Khorshid works with patients individually to choose the right option for replacing one tooth that will best maintain your oral health and keep your self-esteem high.

Replacing one tooth is critical to maintaining the health of the rest of your teeth and gums. If you live in the Las Vegas area and have lost a tooth due to injury, illness, decay, or gum disease, contact Dr Kevin Khorshid to go over your options for replacing one tooth.