Single Tooth Replacement – Lititz, PA
Restoring Your Smile’s Beauty and Health
If you’ve lost a tooth, you’re likely already aware of how it has changed the way your smile looks. Maybe you’ve started to hide it more often so that others won’t notice. But did you know that that gap in your teeth can cause oral and overall health problems as well? If you choose not to replace your missing tooth, you can experience a gum tissue deterioration, bone density loss in the jaw, and a shift in your remaining teeth—which can affect your bite, cause jaw pain, and lead to additional tooth loss in the future. That’s why it’s so important to replace your lost tooth as soon as you can with the most advanced long-term solution—a dental implant.
Benefits of Dental Implants for Single Tooth Replacement
A dental bridge is another restoration option that addresses the gap in your smile. It maintains the spacing of your teeth and allows you to once again use that tooth in daily functions. However, they have a few flaws. First, they anchor to surrounding teeth for stability, requiring that healthy teeth lose structure to support the bridge appliance, and they don’t address the missing root structure beneath the gums. Dental implants, on the other hand, has these benefits:
- Improved oral health. By keeping the jaw bone stimulated, dental implants prevent density loss. Also, dental implants are independent of the remaining healthy teeth, which helps the natural tooth structure of these teeth stay healthier for longer.
- Better appearance over time. When the jaw bone loses density, it can cause the facial structure to change and have a saggy, older look. With dental implants, you won’t experience this.
- Longer lifespan. Dental bridges need to be replaced about every 10 years. In contrast, dental implants can last for 30 or more years with the proper care.
Whether you’ve lost your tooth because of decay or an injury, a dental implant can fully restore it in every way. If you have questions about dental implants or want to see if you’re a candidate, schedule a consultation with us today!