If you’ve got a missing tooth, you may not give it much thought unless it’s situated in a highly visible location in your mouth. For instance, most people aren’t comfortable with missing front teeth because they feel they detract from their overall appearance. But if one or two teeth have fallen out from other areas of your mouth, you may be tempted simply to leave the situation alone, especially if you aren’t experiencing any pain or other adverse side effects. However, there are other issues besides aesthetic ones that occur due to missing teeth no matter where they’re positioned in the mouth. Here’s what you need to know about why single tooth implants may be the best solution for your situation — but keep in mind that only a skilled dental professional can determine that for sure.
You’ll Be Able to Chew Your Food Better
Dental implants provide the same level of functionality as their natural counterparts — maybe even more if damaged teeth are a part of the picture. You’ll be able to chew your food much better with a single tooth implant than with a hole where a tooth should be in your mouth, which will help minimize digestive issues.
You’ll Protect Your Other Teeth
Existing teeth tend to begin to shift when a missing tooth becomes a part of the picture, and this can wreak havoc on your overall dental health, change the shape of the lower part of your face, and may even affect your speech.
Another way that single tooth implants protect the neighboring teeth is that they require any amendments to them in order for the procedure to work. For instance, putting a fixed bridge into place to support a single prosthetic tooth requires that both of the surrounding teeth be ground down to an extent that makes it possible for them to hold the bridge. Single tooth implants also reduce the amount of gum tissue that is exposed to bacteria.
Please reach out to our office if you’d like more information on dental implants or to schedule a consultation with a member of our skilled staff to evaluate your options.