When patients have to choose a replacement for a single missing tooth, they should consider a number of factors. Of course, an attractive appearance is important, but so is structural stability and functionality of the replacement tooth. Patients should consider the benefits of dental implants, which are the only structurally complete tooth replacement and come with numerous advantages as a result.
Dental implants are made of biocompatible titanium. Therefore, after an oral surgeon places a dental implant in the patient’s jaw, the surrounding bone forms a strong bond with the implant’s surface. When this osseointegration is complete, the dental implant is rendered a fixture in the patient’s jaw.
Essentially, dental implants replace the absent tooth’s root, and the root structure of a tooth performs a number of important functions. It secures the jawbone, which will slowly erode after tooth loss. The tooth’s root also helps to absorb some of the forces needed to chew fibrous foods, like fresh fruits and vegetables.
Therefore, when you have an oral surgeon place a dental implant to replace a single missing tooth, you gain a number of advantages over a conventional tooth replacement, such as a fixed dental bridge. You’ll preserve more of your biological tooth’s function, and the jawbone remains stable. This is an important consideration, as jawbone atrophy will eventually cause a fixed dental bridge to lose its fit.
Another appealing characteristic of dental implants is their ability to stand independently without support from surrounding teeth. The process of getting a fixed dental bridge involves the removal of healthy enamel in order to place crowns on the abutment teeth. That aspect of treatment may weaken the teeth. Dental implants, in contrast, have no impact on surrounding teeth.
Dental implants also leave patients with full access to the gumline for oral hygiene practices. There’s no need to use special tools to navigate dental floss around the appliance. You can floss a single dental implant just like you do with the rest of your teeth.
Do you need to replace a single missing tooth? You should thoroughly explore all of your treatment options, including dental implants. Contact our team at Austin Oral Surgery today to schedule a consultation.