Having just one tooth removed for whatever reason is usually going to require some kind of replacement option, especially if the tooth is towards the front of your mouth. This is going to ensure that you have a full smile without the embarrassment of not having all of your natural teeth. When it comes to replacement options, there are a few to consider. It's important to note the benefits of a single tooth implant, which many people don't actually believe to be one of their options. Here are the four main benefits of this:
- Keeps Other Teeth Well Maintained: When you lose a tooth, the surrounding teeth are going to be affected. With the gap, the other teeth are going to start to shift into that open space even if you have it replaced with a bridge or other replacement option. This is because these replacement options are not strong enough to hold up the surrounding teeth for now. An implant will fuse to the jawbone making it the most similar to a natural tooth to help support those that surround it.
- Keeps a Healthier Jawbone: Another benefit is that the jawbone is going to be healthier. This is because the jawbone will weaken without the stimulation the root of a tooth provides. Since a dental implant fuses with the jawbone, that space is not going to become softer, which prevents any loss of integrity of the other natural teeth in your mouth.
- Keeps Chewing Normal: The ability to continue chewing as you normally did before will continue with a single tooth implant since the jawbone will continue to stay strong and there won't be any signs of an obvious gap. This way, you don't have to change your diet in anyway and you will continue to feel like your normal self, which is not always the case with other replacement options since you will need to adjust to the way it feels because it will be different.
- Keeps Oral Health Habits the Same: Taking care of a single tooth implant is the same as taking care of your regular teeth. There won't be any changes you need to adjust to. You can continue brushing and flossing as usual.
When you consider these four benefits of a single tooth implant, you can be sure that you end up replacing your tooth in a way that isn't really going to impact your day-to-day life. Talk with your dentist about dental implants today.