Missing a single tooth may not seem like a big deal, especially if it isn’t particularly visible in your smile. However, the effects of missing teeth are far more than skin-deep. In fact, the effects of missing teeth begin as soon as the tooth is extracted. Bone loss begins, causing your jaw to lose biting strength. Your face begins to sag prematurely, making you look older. Thankfully, there is a way to restore your appearance and other basic functions. The dentists at LakeView Family Dental recommend single tooth implants for many reasons; feel free to schedule an appointment today to learn more!
When you want to replace a single tooth, you’ll need to choose between fixed bridges and dental implants. Fixed bridges replace the visible portion of your smile via a restoration that consists of multiple crowns fused together. The bridge typically consists of three to four crowns, with the crown on either side being hollowed out so they can fit on top of existing teeth. Of course, these teeth need to be modified so they can properly act as anchors for the bridge.
In contrast, dental implants do not require removal of existing tooth enamel because the titanium post holding the crown is a strong enough anchor. After the implant is placed, it integrates with your existing gum and bone tissue, ensuring a long-term fit. The crown is then placed on top and attached via an abutment. This small screw keeps the crown stable and aligned with your existing teeth.
Single tooth implants are some of the most common dental implants available today. They consist of a titanium post, (implant), an abutment, and a restoration, which is made entirely from porcelain. Implants need to go through a process known as osseointegration, which is the process of dental materials becoming part of your mouth’s organic structures. Because titanium is biocompatible, there is no risk of the body rejecting the implant simply because of the material. Just make sure to practice daily oral care and avoid tobacco products.
Dental implants are more than just a simple restoration. They are truly the most comprehensive solution to tooth loss for a number of reasons.