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Replacing a Missing Tooth with a Dental Implant

The loss of one tooth can cause additional oral health issues. A single implant can be used to fill your missing tooth gap and reduce or eliminate the damage caused by tooth loss.

Your bone and gum tissue are vulnerable the longer you delay tooth replacement. Losing supportive tissue can cause your adjoining and adjacent teeth to become misaligned.

A new tooth root is formed in your missing tooth gap with the placement of a single implant. Your implant is placed via oral surgery into your jawbone to support your new tooth on the surface of your gums.

A single implant is crafted from a surgical grade of titanium. It provides a long-lasting tooth replacement that contains an abutment (post) and a new tooth (a dental crown) for restoring your tooth function and appearance.

Options When Missing a Single Tooth

No Treatment

Many people think there is no need to rush when replacing a tooth.  However, they are way off base.  Immediately after a tooth is lost, as much as 25% of the bone height required for an implant is gone after the first few weeks.  The adjacent teeth begin to shift and move to fill the open space and losing other teeth is very possible.

Regular Crown and Bridge

While a traditional dental bridge can be done quickly and look nice, they also have some negative impacts on your teeth.  Your dentist must damage two perfectly healthy teeth to fill one spot.  Also, it is difficult to clean under bridges, leading to cavities and an eventual failure of the bridge.  Most bridges last 7-12 years on average.

The Dental Implant

Dental implants have been utilized for nearly 40 years and are considered to be the gold standard in tooth replacement.  Implants are dentists preferred treatment for many reasons. First, you never feel the implant in your bone.  Second, implants are made to last for decades. Third, dental implants look and feel like real teeth.