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MISSING TEETH

Missing A Single Tooth

Is a missing tooth messing with your smile and your bite?

No matter which tooth you’ve lost, a single missing tooth is going to cause problems. Depending on where the tooth was in your mouth, losing it can hurt your appearance and it can make chewing harder. Losing a tooth also leads to bone loss and orthodontic problems.

There are basically four options to replace a single missing tooth. Keep reading to discover the pros and cons of each option.

Solution #1 Dental Implants – The Gold Standard

Dental Implants are the gold standard for replacing missing teeth. It’s easy to understand why. Not only do dental implants look like natural teeth, but they keep their good looks. Compared to other solutions, implants last the longest. Dental implants have earned their gold standard status because they look and function most like natural teeth.

In addition, patients accustomed to removable teeth or bridges are always amazed by their new biting power. Our implant patient love that implants are strong enough to handle chewing like real teeth. No more careful, one-sided chewing!

With so many positives, there must be a downside, right?

The downside of implants is that they require more technology and skill from the dentist. In fact, the complexity involved means that implants both take more time to complete and cost more than other tooth replacement options. Compared with other options, implants look better, last longer, function better. However, they also require special equipment and a dentist with advanced training. 

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How can dental implants be so strong, long lasting and beautiful?

Simple. No More Bone Loss!

Implants are the only tooth replacement option that slows down bone loss. Why? Because they’re also the only option that replaces the tooth root AND the tooth.

Replacing the tooth root is the key to stopping bone loss. It anchors the implants making them stable and strong like natural teeth. In addition, the new implant root keeps the bone and gums happy and healthy. It also keeps the tooth looking beautiful long term.

Thanks to the strength of implant roots, dental implant teeth are the strongest teeth in the mouth. These strong implant teeth let you to chew anything you crave. From apples to beef jerky, bring it on!

How do dental implants stop bone loss?

As we mentioned above, dental Implants replace a missing tooth with both a visible tooth and a bone-integrated implant root. This new artificial tooth root gives the bone something to hang on to. In fact, the implant tricks the bone into thinking the tooth is still there, stopping bone loss.

 

Being anchored in bone stops bone loss AND makes implants stronger

Because implants are anchored directly in bone, they don’t need to be glued to neighboring teeth like bridges. Not only does this protect the neighboring teeth, but it also it means that the strength of the implant is dependent on the strength of the bone, not on the strength of a cement. (To read more, see Mayo Clinic’s article.)

 

Imagine Never Getting Another Cavity!

Another major advantage of dental implant teeth is that they never get cavities! Made from medical grade titanium, implant teeth aren’t vulnerable to the bacteria and acid that wear down our natural teeth. This keeps them looking and chewing great—even when natural teeth would be rotting away.

If an excellent, natural looking outcome is important to you, these are the things you should carefully consider:

 
Is the tooth already missing, or will it need to be extracted?

If the tooth still needs to be extracted, will Site Preservation Grafting be needed when the tooth is removed?

Is there sufficient bone to support the new implant?

If bone Augmentation is needed prior to Implant surgery, this additional required step will add time to the process.

Is there sufficient attached gum tissue in the area around future tooth?

Will gum tissue grafting be needed before, during, or after implant placement? In addition, will gum tissue grafting be required before, during, or after tooth restoration?

What will the final restoration need?

In the first place, will the new tooth be screw retained or cement retained? Secondly, will a custom or stock abutment be needed? Finally, will the restoration require porcelain layering for improved esthetics?

Because all of these factors impact the price of an implant, it is practically impossible to know the answers over the phone when patients call us for the first time. However, with careful analysis and often throughout the months long process, the answers become clear one by one.

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Solution #2 Traditional Dental Bridge

Conventional Dental Bridges are the second best way to replace missing teeth. Bridges are a quality restoration that look very natural for a long time. They are also fixed in place and don’t have the stigma or mobility of a partial denture. Conventional Bridges are a great way to replace missing teeth. In fact, bridges were dentistry’s gold standard for replacing a missing tooth until Dental Implants came around.

How did conventional bridges lose their gold standard status?

Bridges are no longer the standard of care for replacing a missing tooth for 4 reasons.

  1. Bridges require cutting down neighboring teeth to act as anchor crowns to hold the bridge in place.
  2. In addition, bridges don’t replace the tooth root like implants do.
  3. Bridges can trap food.
  4. Finally, bridges are harder to clean

Is cutting down neighboring teeth always a bad idea?

No, crowning the neighboring teeth is not always a bad idea. Turning the neighboring teeth into anchor crowns is actually a good idea if those teeth already need crowns. However, it is NOT a good idea if the teeth don’t need crowns. Why? Healthy teeth that have been cut down into crowns are more vulnerable. Ideally, healthy teeth should always be left alone and intact.

Why is not replacing the tooth root an issue?

Tooth roots anchor both teeth AND bone. Roots keep teeth stable and give biting power. Roots also keep bone and gum tissue at healthy levels surrounding a tooth.
Because bridges don’t replace tooth roots they have some limitations:

  • They can’t provide the same biting power and stability as implants.
  • Bridges weaken over time as biting pressure stresses the roots of the bridge’s anchor teeth.
  • They cannot maintain bone levels or gum esthetics as long as an implant.
  • With no root, the bone slowly dissolves away from under the bridge creating a gap between the gums and the false bridge tooth.

Bridges Do What?

A bridge fills the space left by missing teeth with a false tooth, called a pontic. This “tooth” is just the white crown part of the tooth that we see above the gums. Because this replacement tooth doesn’t have a root anchoring it to the bone, there is a space between the tooth and the gums. This space becomes a food trap. Left uncleaned, it can cause bad breath and infections.

Bridges are long lasting if they’re kept clean

The average lifespan of a well-maintained conventional bridge can be 10 years or more. What does “well maintained” mean? It means keeping all the bridge teeth clean, both all around and underneath. This requires brushing two times a day and flossing with both regular floss and a special flossing tool.

Why does this matter? A long lasting bridge requires healthy gum and bone. The tricky part of keeping things clean is accessing the area under the bridge. Some patients choose flossers to reach the area under the bridge. Others use waterpiks, tiny floss brushes, or special flosses like SuperFloss.

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Solution #3 “Maryland” Dental Bridge

What’s the least expensive way to replace a missing tooth with a functional, fixed one?

Maryland Bridges are the least expensive way of replacing one missing tooth with a false tooth that is fixed in place and non-removable.

This Bridge Has Wings

This kind of bridge stays in place thanks to its “wings” that are fitted and cemented to the neighboring teeth. Because these wings depend entirely on cement bonding to stay in place, Maryland bridges are not as functional as conventional bridges nor do they last as long. Like a conventional bridge, a Maryland Bridges requires shaving down the neighboring teeth adjacent to the missing tooth area on the back sides in order to hold the bridge in place. With a Maryland Bridge, bone loss continues in the jaw in the spot where the original tooth was taken out. You can expect a well made Maryland Bridge to last between five and ten years, but not longer since the force of chewing will eventually loosen the bridge wings holding it in place.

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Bridges

Do you need to replace a single missing or broken down tooth?

We see people every day who are losing a tooth…

Solution #4 The Partial Denture or Flipper

What’s the most affordable method to replacing a single missing tooth?

A one-tooth Partial Denture, also called a Flipper, is the least expensive way possible to replace a missing tooth.

If partials are cheap, why aren’t they more popular?

Great question.
Partials DO fill the gap left by a lost tooth. They aren’t popular though because they’re hard to chew with and uncomfortable. And the list could go on?

Other patient complaints about partials include the following:

  • Partials don’t stop bone loss.
  • Partials are uncomfortable when they move and rock during chewing.
  • They irritate the gums because they place all the pressure of chewing on the gums.
  • Partials trap food and cause bad breath.
  • It’s a pain taking a partial out every night for cleaning.
  • One tooth partials “aren’t worth the trouble!”

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Partial Denture

Looking for a cost effective way to replace broken down teeth?

Partial Dentures are less expensive than implants and are quite functional!

Are We the Right Dentist for You?

It can be frustrating finding a dentist, can’t it? Every dentist claims to be the best. You want one that accepts your insurance. You don’t want treatment shoved down your throat? Ughh…

If you’re wondering how to know which dentist is right for you, here’s a tip:

Figure out what matters most to you in a dentist and find one whose website and office team talks about those things. Do you value affordability, comfort, expertise, flexibility, speed?

At Alamo Dental Health, our values can be summed up in our Expertise & Comfort Guarantee. Are we a good fit for you? Only if our values align. Keep reading and decide for yourself.

Our Expertise and Comfort Guarantee means that you’re never our guinea pig

To us, expertise means completing advanced post-doctoral training. So far, Dr. Bec has completed more than 1,000 hours of specialized training in addition to dental school. If you find it on our website under “Services”, we do it with expertise. If not, we refer you to another dentist with the needed expertise to do it for you.

Our guarantee also means that we’re 100% committed to your comfort at every appointment. Why? Because Expertise & Comfort go hand in hand.

Our guarantee means that we set high standards for technology, quality-made materials and technical training. It means that we refuse to partner with dental labs or suppliers whose standards and values don’t meet ours.

People who hear about our Expertise and Comfort Guarantee usually ask if we’re also committed to affordability

Absolutely! Our commitment to affordability means we’re never the most expensive in town, and our commitment to Expertise and Comfort means we won’t be the cheapest either.

So are we the dental office for you? Maybe. We invite you to keep exploring our website. Maybe even stop by our office in the San Antonio Medical Center and meet us in person! We’d love to meet you.

As a patient, if you want your dental experience to match your expectations, it’s crucial to choose a dentist whose health values line up with yours.

Why?

Because trust isn’t something you can download from a website like a coupon.

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Erika Lea Wishert
Erika Lea Wishert
2020-07-29T17:21:30+0000
Just had an awesome dental cleaning at Alamo Dental Health. What an awesome group of loving professionals! My teeth are... so happy!read more
Paul Wishert
Paul Wishert
2020-07-22T20:56:36+0000
not only did Alamo Dental give me a new smile. I met my wife there. I will marry her this Saturday at Alamo Dental.... Alamo Dental changed my life. thank God!read more
Laura RicheyBrock
Laura RicheyBrock
2020-03-11T17:24:58+0000
Great experience I wish I had the funds to start the process that day.
Michael Morales
Michael Morales
2020-01-09T22:17:06+0000
By the far the best dental office in town!
Everett Lewis
Everett Lewis
2020-01-05T20:33:21+0000
After experiencing Dental franchise establishments, where you would meet a new Dentist with every visit, I came away... disappointed & as a result I was absent from the dentist's chair for years.But no disappointments here! After extensive, necessary treatments, spread over several appointments, I have come away very satisfied. Dr. Bec & his staff have done great job for me...every time. Just good folks here. Check them out!read more
Gloria Romo
Gloria Romo
2019-12-23T21:41:50+0000
Great staffPatty & Carmen are the best:)
Mark Liggins
Mark Liggins
2019-12-11T17:09:26+0000
They are extremely nice explaining the visit in great detail answered any questions that I had and just put me at ease... with the whole process would definitely recommend this dentist.read more
Elva Millard
Elva Millard
2019-10-30T21:49:33+0000
awesome experience!!! Friendly Staff!!!
Susie Ramirez
Susie Ramirez
2019-10-29T18:24:16+0000
I’ve been truly satisfied I think the staff and the Dr is so amazing! I have no regrets and no complaints everything... has been excellent!!read more
Nicole Jackson Eslinger
Nicole Jackson Eslinger
2019-10-29T16:30:44+0000
I absolutely love this Dental Office. I ❤️ Dr. Bec! I ❤️ the entire staff! The entire experience is very... personable! This office is top notch! Everyone makes you feel comfortable! I refer everyone I know looking for excellent dental care! I give this office an A+++++! Everyone in the office is super knowledgeable and answers all questions! I appreciate how each individual, including Dr. Bec takes the time to listen to questions and concerns! I actually look forward to my appointments! I just cannot say enough about Dr. Bec and his team! Thank you Patty, Carmen, Rebekah (Best hygienist), Malicia, Alex, Erika, Linda, Kathy and Dr. Bec!!!read more
Tony Cardosa
Tony Cardosa
2019-10-29T13:57:34+0000
The Service is Great , Good And Excellence Services , The Whole Time I Was in The Office I Feel Great Like Hommie... Looking Forward For My Next Appointment 👍 .read more
Bonny Altamira
Bonny Altamira
2019-10-04T01:32:39+0000
staff very friendly and very educated in their jobs to explain everything
Dina Rose
Dina Rose
2019-10-03T17:22:27+0000
They took all my fears going to the dentist. Doctor and Staff are friendly and make u feel so comfortable
Amanda Duran
Amanda Duran
2019-09-18T20:57:36+0000
Great staff! Wonderful environment :)
Peewee Scott
Peewee Scott
2019-09-18T14:25:46+0000
Satisfied with the Dentist and Staff!!
Daniel Reyna Valerio
Daniel Reyna Valerio
2019-09-17T19:40:21+0000
they have very professional staff Patty n Carmen very nice persons glad we came here the staff really know what... they are doing we gave them a 10 on their review thanksread more
Melody W. Guinther
Melody W. Guinther
2019-09-05T17:37:09+0000
What a wonderful experience...courteous and sweet staff!! Dr. Bec is great!! Patty, Carmen, Rebekah,, Malicia, Kathy... and Alex make you feel so welcome and genuinely care. Highly recommend this wonderful office!!!read more
Bobby Fairrow
Bobby Fairrow
2019-09-04T21:26:33+0000
Everyone was really friendly and helpful and tried to guide me in all the right dierections of all different dental... surgeries!!read more
Costea Samuel
Costea Samuel
2019-02-16T20:35:31+0000
Nice people! And good doctor!
Sandra Robinson
Sandra Robinson
2019-01-20T19:01:03+0000
I need an appointment BAD. LIKE YESTERDAY I'M IN NEED OF NEW DENTURES
Anthony Felder
Anthony Felder
2018-12-21T19:29:02+0000
Had a Great 👍🏿 time Alamo Dental no PAIN Smooth as Ice they get all the Stars made you feel so good that you... forgot you were at the Dentist really Good Great customer Service Great bed side manner Can’t Say Enough if you need some Work done give them a Try don’t Think you’ll be Disappointedread more
Smilez Alvarado
Smilez Alvarado
2018-10-17T20:41:18+0000
They are caring an Awesome People.. They making My Girl Smile Again.. Luv you Guys..�
Alex De Hoyos Sr
Alex De Hoyos Sr
2018-08-24T01:00:56+0000
I was very impressed with the state of the art equipment they have. Today was my first experience and it was a great... one. Dr. Bec will be my new Dentist:) Patty and the rest of the staff made me feel like home.read more
Julian Y. Ludy Trevino
Julian Y. Ludy Trevino
2018-08-23T14:47:25+0000
Dr.Bec and staff very professional and make you feel welcomed and relaxed. Very rare to see this. Started the process... for an implant and is going great, no pain!read more
April Love
April Love
2018-05-09T18:22:54+0000
Lee Smith
Lee Smith
2018-03-30T01:11:01+0000
Everyone at the clinic was very professional. Dr. Bec was very informative about what he found from my exam of my... teeth. Everyone was relaxed and appeared to have all the time in the world for you.read more
Betty Ruiz
Betty Ruiz
2018-02-15T17:01:32+0000
My husband and I were looking for a dentist closer to home and we found Dr. Bec. He and his team are excellent... especially his hygienist Christine. Mr &Mrs Ruizread more
Jack Evans
Jack Evans
2018-01-19T17:48:43+0000
I think Dr. Bec is running a great clinic. I enjoyed the friendly staff, and the whole process was very smooth and on... time. There was no rushing, which I liked a lot. Dr. Bec and his people knew their stuff, and there were no awkward surprises. I say anyone and everyone should go to this clinic to make even a visit to the dentist better.read more
Cynthia Saks
Cynthia Saks
2018-01-11T18:58:53+0000
Dr Bec is amazing! A super kind and patient dentist with excellent service. Thanks Dr. Bec for my new smile......If... you're in need of a dentist, call Alamo Dental Health.read more
Emara Towns
Emara Towns
2017-12-11T16:09:48+0000
Great vibes good dr great front desk could not be happier
Amsterdam Amsty
Amsterdam Amsty
2017-12-05T17:17:07+0000
Christine did a phenomenal job! The whole Alamo Dental Health team is amazing, knowledgeable and very friendly! Highly... recommended!read more
Jason Lemkowitz
Jason Lemkowitz
2017-11-30T21:40:45+0000
They make me want to go to the dentist! Super friendly and worked hard to get me an appointment and Doctor Bec is very... personable and friendly.read more
Alexandria Rae Krisel
Alexandria Rae Krisel
2017-11-28T22:45:51+0000
So thorough and helpful. They are even willing to help set you up in the office with payment plans.
Michael Patrick
Michael Patrick
2017-11-22T18:09:05+0000
I had a crown replaced by Dr. Beck. I couldn’t be happier and Christine cleaned my teeth... many props to the staff... who have always been welcoming either the same great smile I can now proudly walk around with!read more
Krystal Flores
Krystal Flores
2017-11-21T22:52:00+0000
Ashlee, Sara and Ash are awesome! We appreciate the concern for the dental work needed.
Jacob De La Garza
Jacob De La Garza
2017-11-20T12:05:43+0000
Great staff and they cleaned my teeth very well :)
Joe Leos
Joe Leos
2017-11-17T19:03:28+0000
Fast and friendly service with a great staff would definitely recommend
Monica Fernandez Jimenez
Monica Fernandez Jimenez
2017-11-17T17:52:08+0000
Candace Romero
Candace Romero
2017-11-17T17:24:39+0000
Dr. Bec and his team are by far the best dentist office ever. Every visit is a pleasant experience (for both myself... and my son) and I never dread my appointments like I have with previous dentists. So thankful to have them as one of my healthcare providers!read more
Elina Derr
Elina Derr
2017-11-17T02:17:38+0000
AWESOME is what it was. Everyone was great, I was very at ease, no unexplained questions. I was more knowledgeable... about my situation than ever before, they were much more up front about all that needs to be done and in what order it should be done in to obtain a routine to keep a healthy smile. All Dentist's Offices should be so lucky to have a successful, vital, and happy staff. Keep it Fresh like SUBWAY!read more
Eileen Virginia Schaper
Eileen Virginia Schaper
2017-11-16T22:49:48+0000
My first appointment here was Amazing. Staff was very friendly, promp, and uplifting. Exam went smoothly and was... explained very well. Will recommend to anyone. Loved it.read more
Valentina Cekovski
Valentina Cekovski
2016-09-27T19:27:05+0000
Had such a good New Patient experience today- the hygenist, doctor and staff were all so kind and really walked me... through what I needed for my treatment, very thorough. I feel very positive and am happy that I made a switch to Alamo Dental!read more
Jorge Zavala
Jorge Zavala
2016-09-01T21:29:02+0000
Cristina and Dr Bec were amazing with my dental care. The rest of the staff was great in making me feel at ease before... my procedure. Thank you guys and i will recommend Alamo oral health to my friends and family.read more
Natalia Bobadilla
Natalia Bobadilla
2016-08-11T00:28:38+0000
My husband and I both schedule our first visit with Dr Bec today and we are extremely satisfied with the results Dr... Bec, Cristina and Sarah all exceeded our expectations and truly went above and beyond to make us comfortable. Best customer service ever the office was super clean and the best part Dr Bec actually took the time to talk to us, ask questions, listen and answer. We have found our new dental office.read more
Dawn Bearden
Dawn Bearden
2016-05-04T21:34:30+0000
Mason Joseph
Mason Joseph
2016-02-25T22:35:24+0000
Great folks! Very friendly and they make me forget I'm at the dentist. Check them out!
Lesey Love
Lesey Love
2016-02-12T13:53:10+0000
I'm not too comfortable with Dentists but everyone really helped me get over my slight fear and made me feel welcomed.... I'm definitely calling it my dental home for a very long timeread more
Jody LaCoss
Jody LaCoss
2016-02-03T12:54:22+0000
Cynthia A. Jones
Cynthia A. Jones
2016-02-02T03:40:39+0000
Had an awesome exam from Dr. Bec and Shivonne. Very thorough and complete. ThxsC. Jones
Manu Si Feli Bizau
Manu Si Feli Bizau
2016-01-19T23:42:38+0000
Doctor Bec Cristina and staff are great, very professional, caring and always looking for the best treatment plan. I'd... recommend him to any family member and friends. Best place to get your teeth taken care of.:) I feel blessed to have found this place where I always feel part of the family and able to walk out smiling! :)read more
Sandy Merrill
Sandy Merrill
2016-01-18T17:09:30+0000
Fantastic group, I had a great first visit. Shavonne and Dr Bec are knowledgeable and fun.
Amalia Martin
Amalia Martin
2015-06-11T20:30:03+0000
Andrew Bran
Andrew Bran
2014-10-19T22:00:05+0000
Tibby Bec
Tibby Bec
2014-10-07T04:30:19+0000
Gabriela Gheorghe
Gabriela Gheorghe
2014-10-07T03:24:43+0000
Amanda Adamitz
Amanda Adamitz
2014-02-07T02:44:12+0000
Dr Bec and team are amazing! Such a wonderful feeling to see a family environment, and a doctor who truly cares.
Jase Franklin
Jase Franklin
2014-02-06T21:20:14+0000
Best experience EVER!!!!!
Beck Cristian
Beck Cristian
2014-01-03T15:09:13+0000
Adelina Handolescu
Adelina Handolescu
2013-12-31T01:57:41+0000
Gabriel Stanciu
Gabriel Stanciu
2013-12-09T19:48:47+0000
Charline A. Duplessis
Charline A. Duplessis
2013-11-20T21:24:00+0000
Paul Mesaros
Paul Mesaros
2013-10-21T21:15:21+0000
Cristina Hammervold
Cristina Hammervold
2013-10-17T18:52:16+0000
Alecs Tudoroiu
Alecs Tudoroiu
2013-10-16T18:46:36+0000
Ady-Dana Geo
Ady-Dana Geo
2013-10-14T21:19:40+0000
Lidia Crisan Jurovschi
Lidia Crisan Jurovschi
2013-10-10T04:36:41+0000
Costea Alexe
Costea Alexe
2013-10-04T19:16:15+0000
Ioan Bec
Ioan Bec
2013-10-02T05:20:57+0000
Mihai Ileana
Mihai Ileana
2013-09-30T14:21:38+0000
Alex Andrea
Alex Andrea
2013-09-04T12:19:34+0000
Elisabeta John Cristurean
Elisabeta John Cristurean
2013-08-10T00:11:33+0000
George Beck
George Beck
2013-08-09T21:36:09+0000
Michelle Morar
Michelle Morar
2013-07-24T23:13:36+0000
Cristina Bec
Cristina Bec
2013-07-22T08:50:10+0000
Nico Pavel
Nico Pavel
2013-07-20T09:28:42+0000
JohnandKirstin Bec
JohnandKirstin Bec
2013-07-16T05:20:21+0000
Excellent Service. ... among other things.
Costea Irina
Costea Irina
2013-07-16T04:55:44+0000
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