There are many things you never want to have to say to your dentist, but at some point in your life, whether it’s due to a sudden accident or the consequences of poor smile care at home, you may have to get in touch with your practice and say, “I am missing one tooth; what can I do about it?” Some patients may opt for the conventional approach and have a dental bridge placed. But if you want your new tooth to last for the rest of your life, then you should ask about the most advanced form of tooth replacement available today: dental implants.
What is the Difference Between a Traditional Bridge and a Single Implant?
Normally, a single empty space in your smile is literally “bridged” using a pair of crowns and a single prosthetic tooth. When linked together, they are known as a dental bridge. The crowns will use your natural teeth as support while the prosthetic will fulfil the functions of the original tooth. With an implant, on the other hand, you only need a single crown anchored to a titanium post inserted directly into the jaw where the tooth was lost. This means we don’t have to alter the teeth to make room for a bridge.
Why Choose a Single Implant?
Getting a single implant instead of a dental bridge is generally your best option for a number of reasons:
- The implant will directly replace the roots of your missing tooth so that it can help maintain your jawbone and stop it from breaking down.
- A normal bridge will last around 10 to 15 years. An implant can last for the rest of your life, saving you a significant sum of money when it comes to paying for replacements.
- The stability and strength of an implant makes it possible to enjoy all of your favorite foods again.
- Compared to other forms of tooth replacement, dental implants tend to be more comfortable because they directly join with your jawbone and essentially become part of your body.
Should You Get a Dental Implant for Your Missing Tooth?
When you ask your dentist, “How can I replace a missing tooth?”, they’ll need to confirm a few things before they decide that dental implants are the best answer. Specifically, they’ll need to check:
- The health of your gums and the rest of your mouth
- The density of your jawbone
- The status of any underlying conditions such as diabetes that might affect implant surgery
The above issues may not necessarily disqualify you from getting implants, but they do need to be taken care of before committing to the surgery. Do your research, schedule a consultation, and consider your options carefully before deciding if implants are right for you.
About Our Practice
Here at Bethel Dental, we offer all-inclusive implant care. That means every step of the procedure – from surgical placement to restoration – is handled under one roof. And thanks to the high-quality materials we use and our advanced technology, you can look forward to a successful procedure with long-lasting results. If you’ve been thinking about getting a dental implant to replace a single tooth, get in touch with us through our website today.