The loss of a single adult tooth is a fairly common issue. Even so, that does not make it any less serious. Even one missing tooth can significantly impact your normal, everyday functions. No matter where in your mouth your missing tooth is located, it is essential to have that tooth replaced. Peninsula Center of Cosmetic Dentistry can replace your missing tooth with a single tooth implant.
Single Tooth Implant Vs. A Dental Bridge
A single tooth implant offers patients missing a single tooth an alternative to a dental bridge. Where a bridge anchors into your mouth on the teeth on each side of the gap, a single tooth implant is anchored into your mouth using a titanium post that is implanted into your jaw. A bridge replaces only the visible portion of your missing tooth. A dental implant, on the other hand, replaces the entire tooth. Where the crown replaces the visible portion, the implant post itself replaces the tooth’s root.
What are the Benefits of a Single Tooth Implant?
With a dental bridge, dental crowns are used to anchor your restoration. To secure the bridge, and provide the most natural, functional results, the teeth that hold the restoration in place need to be prepared. This means that some of the enamel needs to be taken off of each tooth so that the crowns can properly fit over it. Because a single tooth implant is anchored by the post placed into your jaw, the surrounding teeth are left alone and perfectly intact.
Another major benefit to a single tooth implant is that it can preserve the integrity of your jawbone. After losing a tooth, that area of your jawbone begins to weaken and lose bone mass. Even when a bridge is placed, bone loss still occurs. This is because the bone no longer has any stimulation. However, a dental implant is different. The post replaces the root of your missing tooth. When you chew, this post acts just like a natural root, providing the stimulation your jawbone needs. This helps to stimulate the growth of new bone cells. As a result, the strength of your jawbone is preserved. The sooner your missing tooth is replaced following tooth loss, the less bone mass you lose before the placement of your implant.
Can I Have More Than One Single Tooth Implant?
A single tooth implant is meant to replace an individual tooth. However, this does not mean that you cannot have more than one single tooth implant in your mouth. Everyone’s tooth loss situation is unique. One patient may be missing one tooth at the back of their bottom arch and one tooth at the front of the upper arch. Another may be missing two or three teeth right next to one another. In each situation, it is possible to have the missing teeth replaced with their individual single-tooth implants. We can help to determine the best implant solution to meet your unique needs.
If you have recently lost a tooth, you may be able to have that tooth replaced with a single tooth implant. Call Peninsula Center of Cosmetic Dentistry at (650) 949-3376 to schedule your appointment today.