When you lose a biological tooth, the tooth replacement method that you choose can have an impact on your remaining natural teeth. In order to reduce the risk that they, too, will be lost, patients can consider dental implants as a treatment option.
To replace a single tooth, an oral surgeon can insert a dental implant into the jaw. Over time, the surrounding bone forms a strong bond with the titanium implant, which then supports a prosthetic crown. Because of the bond with the bone, the dental implant is able to stand alone without requiring support from surrounding teeth.
In contrast, a dental bridge, which is another common treatment for replacing a missing tooth, requires that crowns be placed on surrounding teeth to anchor the pontic (prosthetic tooth) in place. That process means that some healthy enamel must be removed from those teeth in order to make room for the crowns. That additional treatment can weaken those teeth in some circumstances.
Additionally, dental implants prevent jawbone erosion that typically follows tooth loss. Those devices act like an artificial tooth root, not only in supporting the prosthetic crown but also in securing the surrounding jawbone. When that root structure is not replaced – as is the case with a conventional dental bridge – the bone will atrophy. As the bone in the vicinity of the missing tooth gets weaker, the attachment of adjoining teeth to the jaw can be compromised.
Not only do dental implants help to preserve your remaining natural teeth, they also help to restore more of the functionality of your missing tooth. Dental implants are more effective at chewing thanks to their physical connection to the jaw, for example.
If you want a tooth replacement solution that will have minimal impact on the biological teeth that remain in your smile, look into dental implants as a treatment option. Call our team at EverSmile and speak to one of our knowledgeable staff members to discuss any questions that you may have about dental implants.