Even missing a single tooth can make a difference to your dental health, which is why our dentist in Whitby will suggest replacing it as soon as possible after it is removed. While one option for replacing a single tooth is to have a dental bridge, a more modern choice is to have a single tooth implant. If we think you are suitable for dental implants, this will almost certainly be a solution that we suggest considering, and there are several reasons why it could be the best long-term option.
Protecting Your Oral Health
When you lose a tooth, it allows the teeth on either side to begin drifting towards the empty gap. Additionally, the opposing teeth can also drift towards this space, interfering with your bite. That’s without mentioning the impact on your smile. When you replace the tooth, you will be able to eat food more comfortably, your existing teeth cannot move out of place, and your smile should be back to its gleaming best.
Protecting Your Jawbone
Your jawbone relies on the tooth root to stimulate it, ensuring that old bone cells are renewed when they begin to die. When your natural tooth root is removed, the jawbone begins to resorb and change shape, which can destabilize adjacent teeth. Replacing the tooth root with an implant post is the only solution that can protect your jawbone against bone loss.
No Need to Reshape Existing Teeth
A dental bridge needs the adjacent teeth for support. These teeth must be substantially reshaped to create enough room for the supporting dental crowns attached to the replacement tooth, holding it firmly in place. Sometimes these adjacent teeth might benefit from being crowned if they are decayed, cracked or chipped or don’t look their best. However, suppose these adjacent teeth are perfectly healthy. In that case, it might be less desirable to crown them, as once removed, we can only replace tooth structure artificially, and they will always need covering with dental crowns. A dental implant requires no support, and there is no need to grind down the adjacent teeth.
More Cost-Effective in the Longer Term
A dental bridge could be more expensive than a single dental implant in the long term because eventually, the bridge will need replacing. When this happens, you will need a new three-tooth or three-unit bridge instead of a single dental implant crown.
A Natural-Looking Tooth
It can be very difficult to tell when someone has a single dental implant in Oshawa because it looks very natural. The implant tooth emerges from the gums, just like your real teeth. We take a great deal of care when designing and making implant teeth to ensure they blend in wonderfully with your existing teeth and function just like real teeth.
Who is Suitable for Dental Implants?
You will need a consultation with our dental implant dentist in Ajax, but most people are suitable for treatment provided they have good dental and general health. A cone-beam CT scan is used to assess the quality and quantity of your jawbone. There must be enough healthy, strong bone to surround the implant post, to become firmly fused in place. Sometimes, when a tooth was removed quite a while ago, the bone might be inadequate or destroyed by a disease like periodontitis (advanced gum disease). When this is the case, you can still have a dental implant, but we may need to build up the bone with a dental bone graft, where new bone material is inserted into your jawbone. It is a relatively small procedure that can sometimes be completed simultaneously with dental implant surgery.