For many people, a single missing tooth may not seem like something you need to worry about. But even one missing tooth can have an impact on both your oral health and self-esteem. It can impact your ability to speak clearly, chew certain foods properly, and make you want to hide your smile. You should have a smile that you’re proud to show off.
Drs. Alan Dechter and Matthew Moy provide single dental implants in our Silver Spring, MD dentist office. We recommend that you get your tooth replaced as soon as possible before you suffer from the negative effects of a missing tooth.
Why Replace a Missing Tooth?
In addition to problems with your self-esteem and daily life, missing just one tooth can lead to severe oral health problems. When you’re missing a tooth, the jawbone in that area deteriorates. This gives you the appearance of a sunken face and can cause issues with the surrounding teeth.
With that tooth loss, the teeth around the empty space try to shift to fill in the gap. If you’ve had teeth-straightening treatment before, a missing tooth can completely ruin the results. With a missing tooth, you’re also more at risk for chronic bad breath, gum disease, and tooth decay in your remaining teeth.
Replacing A Single Missing Tooth
When you’re missing one tooth, you have two tooth replacement options. The first is a traditional dental bridge. The two teeth that are on the sides of the missing gap will be prepared to support the bridge. This means removing a significant amount of tooth structure. While this is the more cost-effective option, it also means compromising perfectly healthy teeth.
A single dental implant is the other option. The implant will secure a single, custom-made dental crown. A titanium implant post is placed into your jawbone. It spurs jawbone regeneration and will fuse with the bone to replace the tooth root. When this is healed, a dental crown that’s been custom-made for your smile will be attached.
The Benefits of a Dental Implant
There are many benefits dental implants have over other restoration options. For starters, you won’t have to damage any existing teeth to support the restoration. Drs. Dechter and Moy will recommend a dental implant whenever possible because of the many benefits it carries. These include:
- No bone loss, and spurred bone regeneration
- Ability to eat whatever foods you desire
- 100% functionality
- Easy to care for
- No extra steps to your oral health routine
- Looking and feeling the most natural
- Permanent restoration with no chance of deterioration
The Cost of a Dental Implant
The biggest issue for many patients is that a dental implant does cost more upfront. However, it’s important to look at the long-term benefits. With a dental bridge, there’s a high likelihood of it needing to be replaced or repaired in the future. There’s also a high likelihood of the anchor teeth suffering from tooth decay or damage.
We also make it as easy as possible for our patients to afford the dental care they need. While insurance often doesn’t cover implants, we’ll work with them to see if they’ll cover the fabrication of the dental crown. We also offer third-party financing through CareCredit and other lenders.
Getting Single Dental Implants in Silver Spring, MD
A single dental implant is the best option to replace one missing tooth in your smile. Call us or schedule an appointment online.