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Single Dental Implants – Grafton, ND

Replace the Root and Crown Simultaneously

A diagram of a single dental implant.

To some, missing a single tooth is not the end of the world. If you can still eat food and smile, why should it be replaced? The fact is that missing just one tooth only increases your risk for future tooth loss tremendously. And, missing just one tooth can lead to long-term consequences that do not get better on their own. This includes bone deterioration, jawbone density, shifting of nearby teeth, and premature sagging of the facial tissue. With single dental implant replacement, you can replace your missing tooth to the fullest and restore your smile’s basic functions!

Single Tooth Replacement Options

In dentistry, replacing individual teeth is performed via two different methods: fixed bridges and single tooth dental implants.

Fixed bridges have been the traditional method for replacing teeth for quite some time. A bridge consists of three or four crowns (depending on the number of teeth being replaced) and is placed on top of existing teeth in order to fill a gap in your smile. In order to anchor the restoration, neighboring teeth are modified so that the restoration is effectively stabilized.

In contrast, dental implants use a single titanium post to not only hold a restoration, but integrate with existing bone and gum tissue. Once fully healed, a restoration can be reliably held for decades at a time, all without removing any existing tooth structure in the process.

The Benefits of Implant-Supported Single Tooth Replacement

It’s true that both fixed bridges and dental implants can restore your smile and prevent neighboring teeth from shifting into the open space left behind, but dental implants are unique for a number of reasons.

For one, dental implants continuously stimulate existing jawbone tissue, which works to keep your biting force strong. Blood flow is also restored in the cheeks, which prevents them from prematurely sagging, a very common issue for those with tooth loss.

Additionally, dental implants feel like natural teeth because of their extensive integration. This is because they are designed to be replacement roots for teeth, not simply tooth replacements for the crown portions that make up your smile.

Finally, dental implants last anywhere between 25 years and a lifetime, which is not typical for traditional dental bridges. Fixed bridges typically need to be replaced every 10 to 15 years, resulting in higher long-term costs overall. This is why many dentists consider dental implants to be more cost-effective, despite their higher price tag upfront.

Contact Kern Family Dentistry to Replace Your Tooth!

Don’t put off treatment for your missing tooth. Instead, give our office a call to schedule your dental implant consultation! We partner with some of the best oral surgeons in Grafton and our skilled team is more than prepared to provide you with a natural-looking, custom-made restoration after your implant has healed.