Single Tooth Dental Implant – Owings Mills
Complete Your Smile, Restore the Root and Crown
It’s common for people to not replace teeth after they’ve been lost, especially if they are only missing a single tooth. Unfortunately, many people don’t realize that the long-term consequences of tooth loss can be detrimental to their oral and overall health, even if they lose just one tooth. Unlike other medical conditions that get better on their own, teeth do not regenerate or grow back once they have been broken down or lost. The mouth will only continue to change and deteriorate the longer you go without replacing your tooth. To prevent the worst side effects of tooth loss, including changes in your facial shape, breakdown of gum tissue, and jawbone shrinkage, it’s essential that you consider tooth replacement options from Dr. Mattson in Owings Mills.
What are Your Options for Replacing Teeth?
When we talk about replacing individual teeth, you generally have two options to choose from. This includes dental bridges and dental implants, both of which have their own sets of benefits to consider.
To start, dental bridges are largely meant to restore the visible portion of your smile, which is the crown. This restoration is made up of a series of crowns that are fused together. It consists of either three or four crowns, which replaces one or two teeth at a time respectively. The crowns on either end are fused to healthy existing teeth, which means existing tooth structure will need to be modified in order to establish a long-term foundation. The restorations in between these crowns, also known as pontics, fill the space and effectively bridge the gap in your smile. Overall, bridges can last for a very long time, prevent neighboring teeth from shifting, and make it easier to eat the foods you enjoy.
In contrast, dental implants are designed to replace the entire tooth structure, which includes the crown as well as the root. This distinction is important because that means you don’t have to rely on existing nearby teeth to hold your tooth replacement. Instead, the implant portion, which is the titanium post, integrates with existing bone and gum tissue over the next several months. Once the implant has fused into your jaw and with neighboring connective tissue, a crown can be placed on top. An abutment, or connector, provides a stable foundation for the crown and keeps your smile looking natural.
How You Can Benefit from Single Tooth Dental Implants
Both options will work to restore your smile and prevent neighboring teeth from shifting out of place, but only dental implants can ensure the following benefits:
- Dental implants stimulate bone tissue once they are integrated, which means your jaw can sustain its fullest biting force. This makes chewing food easier.
- You can preserve more of your existing tooth enamel, as dental implants do not require removal to be placed like bridges do.
- You can obtain the most natural-looking and feeling tooth replacement available.
- You get a truly long-lasting solution to tooth loss. When practicing daily oral care and maintaining routine visits to the dentist, dental implants can last 25 years to a lifetime.
Contact Diamond Dental of Owing Mills Today!
If you’ve been putting off tooth replacement, don’t wait any longer. Instead, give Dr. Mattson a call today to schedule your very first dental implant consultation!