Even the loss of a single tooth can have a destabilising effect on the rest of your natural teeth which is why we recommend replacing it as soon as you can. A dental implant is frequently the best option and there are several reasons why you should consider this choice.
Preserving Your Jawbone
After a tooth is lost the bone that used to surround it will gradually reabsorb as it no longer receives any stimulation from the tooth root. This bone resorption can destabilise the teeth adjacent to the gap. Although bone loss continues for years after tooth loss, a huge percentage is lost during the first year. By choosing to have an implant soon after tooth loss you can halt this bone loss; leaving an implant until later increases the chances that you might require a bone graft to replace lost bone.
Preserving Your Natural Teeth
Bridges can look very nice but we will need to grind down the teeth adjacent to the gap as these must be crowned to support the bridge. This might be a good option if these teeth could benefit from dental crowns, but otherwise we will have to remove perfectly healthy tooth structure which is something we’d prefer not to do. Dental implants are self-supporting and there is no need to modify any other teeth.
Long-Lasting and Beautiful Results
When properly looked after, dental implants can last for many years and a single implant can prove to be particularly cost-effective in the longer term. Last but not least, single dental implants can look fantastic and we are sure you’ll be pleased with the results.