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Discovering Single-Tooth Dental Implants

June 10, 2024

Losing a tooth can be a distressing experience, and it happens to millions of people across the United States every year. This loss might occur due to injury, decay, or gum disease. No matter the reason, missing teeth can have a significant impact on your oral health, appearance, self-esteem, and confidence. At our dental office, we understand just how important it is to replace a missing tooth and offer the most advanced solutions available today, including single-tooth dental implants.

Traditional Fixed Dental Bridges vs. Single-Tooth Dental Implants

In the past, a fixed dental bridge was the most common method for replacing a single missing tooth. A bridge consists of an artificial tooth anchored by two dental crowns placed on the teeth adjacent to the gap left by the missing tooth. While dental bridges remain an effective and satisfying method for tooth replacement, you may also be a candidate for a single-tooth dental implant.

Single-tooth dental implants offer several benefits over traditional fixed bridgework. Firstly, unlike conventional bridges, a dental implant eliminates the need to prepare and crown adjacent teeth. Dental implants are entirely self-supporting, meaning that a single dental implant restored with a crown will be an effective and permanent replacement for a missing tooth.

The Advantages of Single-Tooth Dental Implants

Besides supporting a single crown, a dental implant provides another important benefit. When a tooth gets extracted or lost, the bone that previously supported it will resorb over time. This shrinkage can compromise the support and cosmetic result for future restorations and even lead to facial sagging. However, since a dental implant gets placed directly into the jawbone and behaves the same way as the root of a natural tooth, it provides the ongoing stimulation necessary to preserve bone mass and support facial contours.

The Versatility of Dental Implants

Dental implants represent the most versatile solution for replacing missing teeth and come the closest to replicating the look, feel, and function of a natural smile. In addition to replacing a single missing tooth, dental implants can replace multiple missing teeth up to an entire smile! They provide outstanding support for long-span bridgework and full-arch restoration and even offer added retention and stability to removable dentures.

Why Choose Our Dental Office for Your Single-Tooth Dental Implant

At our dental office, we pride ourselves on providing precise and gentle care. We use the latest treatment methods and generations of dental ceramics to give you a smile you're confident sharing. Patient comfort is one of our top priorities, and we're here for you every step of the way. Contact us today to learn more about single-tooth dental implants or to schedule an appointment for care.

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