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Single Dental Implants – Greensboro, NC

Replacing the Root and Crown of Missing Teeth

A single dental implant placed inside of the jaw.

If you have a missing tooth, chances are you have not had it replaced. Many patients assume that just because they are missing one tooth, they don’t have to worry about replacing it if they want to smile or eat the foods they enjoy. Unfortunately, having just one missing tooth can lead to major implications for your future oral health. If you intend on avoiding major restorative problems with your oral structures, such as bone deterioration and dental drift, you’ll want to get your tooth replaced by a dentist in Greensboro.

Your Options for Single Tooth Replacement

A person biting into a strawberry.

As a patient, you have two options to consider when trying to replace single teeth. This includes dental bridges and dental implants. Both of them have their own unique costs and benefits.

Dental bridges consist of a series of crowns that are fused together. While each crown is designed to blend in with your smile, their purposes vary depending on where they are. For example, the crowns on either end of your bridge are hollowed-out so they can rest on top of existing teeth. Keep in mind that this means natural teeth will need to be modified to accommodate the restoration. The crowns in between these crowns, also known as pontics, act as the replacement teeth that fill the gap in your smile. They are designed to rest on top of the gums, prevent dental drift, and make your smile look natural.

In contrast to bridges, dental implants work to replace both the root and the crown portion of teeth. Because dental implants are restoring the root, there’s no need to remove existing tooth enamel to accommodate a restoration. However, once the implant is placed, you’ll need to set aside several months so that your bone and gum tissue can effectively heal around the prosthetic. Once it’s healed, we can restore the implant with an all-porcelain crown.

The Benefits of Replacing Teeth Via Dental Implants

A diagram of a dental implant.

While both methods are effective at rebuilding your smile, dental implants carry unique benefits that you won’t find with any other form of tooth replacement. For example, because of the integration process that undergoes with dental implants, you’re getting a replacement tooth that is far more likely to withstand the test of time. On average, dental implants last between 25 years and a lifetime, whereas dental bridges generally need to be replaced every 10 to 15 years.

Additionally, dental implants replicate the roots of teeth, which means chewing and smiling will feel far more natural. This is because dental implants stimulate bone tissue, which keeps your biting force strong and helps you retain your jaw’s current shape. These benefits help you maintain a youthful appearance overall.

Finally, you won’t need to remove tooth enamel to place a dental implant, which may be of greater importance to you if you already have diminished tooth enamel. This is especially common for older patients.