Why Replace a Missing Tooth?
When you lose a tooth, you not only suffer from a decreased ability to eat and speak, but it also begins to cause complications with your oral health when left untreated. When the tooth isn’t replaced, you begin to lose bone at a rate of 25 percent just within the first year. As the bone deteriorates, it causes the surrounding structures to begin to change as well. Your surrounding teeth will begin to shift, increasing the risk for gum disease, tooth decay, and eventually additional tooth loss.
However, when you replace a tooth with a single tooth implant, you give your teeth and structures the support they need to prevent any additional damage. Plus, you’ll help slow the progression of bone loss with a permanent solution to fix a missing tooth.