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Single Tooth Dental Implants – Parsippany, NJ

Why the Root Matters for Tooth Replacement

A series of implant-retained restorations.

If you’re only missing a single tooth, you probably aren’t necessarily thinking about going through with tooth replacement. After all, if it’s a tooth that isn’t visible in your smile, why would you? Unfortunately, this assumption doesn’t consider the long-term implications that come with tooth loss. For example, missing one tooth only increases the risk of future tooth loss. Without a tooth to stimulate your jaw bone, your biting strength will diminish, making the act of chewing your favorite foods far more difficult or even impossible depending on what you enjoy. If you’re ready to replace your tooth to the fullest, don’t wait to schedule an appointment with the dentists at Rauchberg Dental Group!

Options for Tooth Replacement

A mouth with an implant placed in the jaw.

When we talk about single tooth replacement, you generally have two options to consider. This includes fixed bridges and dental implants, both of which have their own unique pros and cons.

To start, fixed bridges are composed of several dental crowns fused together. In order to remain stable inside your mouth, the bridge is fixed to the teeth that neighbor the open space in your smile. To do this, a small amount of tooth enamel needs to be removed, similar to a single dental crown. The restoration in between the crowns on either side of the bridge fills the gap, providing you with a natural-looking tooth replacement. It also works to prevent nearby teeth from drifting and restores significant dental function.

In comparison, dental implants are made up of a single implant-retained crown that attaches to a titanium implant post via an abutment. An abutment is a tiny connector that stabilizes the crown after placement. Since the post is strong enough to hold the crown, we do not need to remove any existing tooth enamel to have it placed. Furthermore, only dental implants integrate with existing bone tissue, as dental bridges exclusively rest on top of the gums. This additional integration step ensures longevity, natural function, and the best-looking tooth possible.

How You Can Benefit from Implant-Supported Tooth Replacement

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When compared to dental bridges and dentures, dental implants offer a long list of benefits that you won’t find with any other form of tooth replacement. For example, implants take the necessary steps to preserve existing tooth enamel, a perk that not even basic dental crowns can accomplish. Additionally, dental implants actively stimulate bone and gum tissue in order to maintain your jawbone’s natural shape and size. This means that chewing your favorite foods, no matter how tough they may be, feels as natural as your original tooth.

Finally, dental implants are proven to stand the test of time. On average, they last between 25 years and a lifetime, which cannot be said for more traditional forms of tooth replacement. Longevity means not only reliability, but lower costs on maintenance and follow-up treatments, which is more common with dental bridges and dentures.