Tooth loss is a common dental concern for many patients. Replacing a lost or missing tooth is important because even just one missing tooth can impact the aesthetics and functionality of your smile. Dr. Vincent Prestipino and Dr. Tassos Sfondouris offer single dental implants to replace a lost or missing tooth. They are experts in helping patients restore their smiles comfortably in Bethesda, Maryland.
Why Replace a Missing Tooth?
If you have a missing tooth, you are at an increased risk for dental problems. Even one missing tooth creates new pressure points in the remaining teeth. This adds tension to your jawbone and facial muscles, which increases the likelihood of developing a temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ). When you have lost a tooth, the remaining teeth begin to shift to fill in the gap. This increases your risk for gum disease and tooth decay because it is harder to clean between overcrowded teeth. It is important to replace a missing tooth as soon as possible following tooth loss because of these dental problems.
What is a Single Tooth Implant?
A single tooth dental implant benefits patients who lost a tooth due to tooth decay or damage. Implants allow patients to discreetly restore their smiles because they blend in seamlessly with remaining teeth. A single dental implant:
- Minimizes bone loss: When you lose a tooth, you also lose the tooth’s root. Doing so changes the jaw structure and fit of the bite. This also means that there is less bone tissue in the mouth. Receiving a dental implant restores the bone structure and supports the tooth root for a healthier smile.
- Protects neighboring healthy teeth: If you only require one dental implant, neighboring healthy teeth are not impacted or damaged. Restorations like dental bridges need to cover natural teeth with dental crowns to support the appliance. Dental crowns require that some of the natural tooth enamel is removed so that it is placed properly in the mouth.
- Restores a normal chewing force: A dental implant provides a stable foundation for a more balanced and even smile. This means that patients can bite and chew evenly and enjoy their smile without dietary restrictions.