Surely you understand the importance of a mouth full of teeth, but what’s the big deal if just one tooth is missing? As it turns out, one tooth really does make a difference. Some people think that replacing a single tooth with a dental implant is purely a cosmetic procedure, but it’s far more than that. Replacing a tooth can actually help to prevent quite a few different things that a person with a missing tooth would be prone to.
Here are just some of the things you can avoid by replacing just one missing tooth:
- Facial deformities
- Gum disease
- Tooth decay
- Weakened jaw bone
Your Mouth After Losing a Tooth
Teeth are much more than just superficial. They contain roots that go all the way to your jaw bone. The tooth’s roots stimulate the jaw bone, a necessary action to maintain proper bone strength. Without a tooth in its proper place, the jaw bone will begin to weaken.
In fact, people with missing teeth are more likely to suffer tooth decay in their other teeth, gum disease, and even facial deformities.
What is a Dental Implant?
Dental implants are a fairly new, yet increasingly popular procedure for replacing missing teeth. Essentially, a dental implant is made up of a metal rod that is implanted straight into the jaw bone where the missing tooth once occupied. Then, a fixture is fastened to the top of the implant that will allow the placement of your replacement tooth or crown.
A single-tooth implant procedure is relatively simple and quick. It will allow for replacement teeth to be securely fastened into place without movement. Essentially, it is a fix-all procedure for a missing tooth. Cosmetically, it will appear that you still have a mouth full of teeth. The color and shape of the replacement tooth will be matched to the rest of your teeth so that the end result is seamless. As we mentioned earlier, though, the benefit extends well beyond the cosmetic aspect. Your oral health will thank you!