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Single Tooth Implant – Billerica, MA

Completely Replacing One Missing Tooth

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Are you missing one tooth in your smile? Especially if it is located toward the back of your mouth out of sight, it can be tempting to simply not replace this tooth. However, the gap left behind can do much more harm than just hindering your smile’s physical appearance. When a tooth is lost, the surrounding teeth shift to make up for the missing tooth, causing alignment problems. Also, the jaw bone is no longer stimulated by the tooth’s root, and the body reassigns those nutrients to other parts of the body, leaving your jaw bone weaker and older looking. That’s why it’s important to replace every single lost tooth.

Why Choose Billerica Family Dental for Single Tooth Implant?

  • High-Quality, Custom Dental Crown
  • Partnered with Local Oral Surgery Experts
  • Caring Team of Dental Professionals

Options for Replacing One Missing Tooth

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For a single missing tooth, we can replace it with either a bridge or a dental implant. A bridge is a restoration that combines three dental crowns together. Each end crown is hollowed out so that they can be attached to the healthy teeth that are immediately around the gap. This keeps the teeth and bite in proper alignment; however, it doesn’t not address the density reduction in the jaw bone. On the other hand, you can opt to have a dental implant, which replaces the entire missing tooth’s structure starting with the root.

Once a post is surgically put into the missing tooth’s socket, the jaw bone grows to surround it completely—just as it would a tooth root. Then, we’ll place an abutment piece and finally a realistic-looking crown.

Benefits of Dental Implants

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Because dental implants integrate with the jaw bone, they are able to provide certain benefits that a dental bridge can’t. These benefits include the following:

  • No damage to healthy teeth. To place a dental bridge, some of the enamel has to be removed from the surrounding teeth, but dental implants do not negatively affect the teeth around them.
  • Stronger biting force. With a dental implant, your replacement tooth is firmly anchored in the jaw bone, so you don’t have to worry about it coming loose or breaking when you bite or chew.
  • More natural appearance. When the jaw bone stays stimulated, it retains its youthful shape, and the replacement tooth looks as realistic as possible.
  • Longer lifespan. While dental bridges have to be replaced every 10 years, dental implants can last for longer than 30 years.

Are you ready to get started with dental implants or at least ready to talk to one of our dentists about dental implants? Contact our team to schedule a consultation, and we’ll address your concerns.

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