If you’re missing one tooth, you may be tempted not to replace it, but that would be a big mistake! You see, just a single lost tooth can drastically impact your oral health over time. Your teeth can shift out of position, changing your bite and potentially causing jaw pain or uneven wear on your enamel. Also, when a tooth is removed, your jaw bone loses density, weakening the support it provides to your remaining teeth. This can lead to additional tooth loss in the future. To avoid these outcomes, you need to replace your missing tooth so that you can get back to full oral health.
For one missing tooth, you can choose between these two options:
Although both keep your teeth aligned as they should be, a dental bridge does not address the root portion of your missing tooth. As a result, it does not prevent your jaw bone from deteriorating. Bridges also use the surrounding teeth as anchors, meaning that healthy structure has to be removed for this restoration to be placed. For these reasons, we typically recommend getting a dental implant.
A dental implant consists of a titanium post that is surgically placed into the missing tooth’s socket. Over the course of several weeks, the gums heal and the jaw bone grows to surround the post, just as it would with a natural tooth. Then, a metal piece called an abutment is attached to connect the post to the dental crown, which is placed on top. Altogether, the dental implant is the most efficient way to restore your smile after tooth loss.
Because a dental implant replaces the entire tooth, choosing this option allows you to enjoy the following benefits:
Are you ready to address your missing tooth? Contact our office in Sagamore Hills to schedule a consultation with Dr. Greenwood. We will happily answer any of your questions and help you determine whether you’re a good candidate for dental implants.