Replacing A Single Tooth With A Dental Implant

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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.

Why Choose a Dental Implant?

In the past, bridges were the most common solution to fix a missing tooth. A bridge consists of a prosthetic tooth that’s attached to a metal framework. The frame is then attached to the surrounding teeth to hold it into place. While this is effective, over time the bridge will need to be replaced and it can cause the surrounding teeth to become damaged. Not to mention, there can be discomfort and it won’t look as natural as an implant.

An implant, on the other hand, is surgically inserted into the bone to permanently hold the prosthetic tooth in place. You’ll have the next best thing when compared to your natural teeth—both in terms of appearance and function. A tooth implant will fill the space of the missing tooth, allowing you to benefit from a natural-looking smile while giving the surrounding teeth, bones, and structures the support they need to stay strong and healthy.

Since the implant is permanent, there’s no need for additional cleaning. Simply care for the tooth replacement just as you care for your natural teeth. Plus, you won’t have any restrictions so you’re able to eat whatever you’d like.

If you’re in need of a tooth replacement, contact us today, to schedule an appointment.

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