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Single Tooth Placement—Merrimack, NH

Replace a Missing Tooth with a Dental Implant

X-ray of single implant If you are like most people, then you are probably thinking about what you look like with a missing tooth. However, tooth loss does not only impact your appearance. Just one missing tooth can negatively impact your oral health.  Ramifications include a decreased bone density in your jaw, periodontal tissue loss, adjacent teeth that shift, and additional tooth loss. To prevent these and other problems, you should replace a missing tooth as soon as possible. Speak to Dr. Shetty about single tooth placement in Merrimack for an outcome that is attractive and secure.

Single Tooth Replacement Options

Illustration of dental implant

Fortunately, dentistry usually offers more than one solution to a problem, and tooth loss is no exception. In the case of a single missing tooth, you and your dentist in Merrimack can choose between a dental implant and a fixed bridge. Let’s take a look at both of these options.

A dental implant is a small screw-like post made of titanium, which is a biocompatible metal often used in other operative procedures throughout the body such as knee or hip replacement. The post is surgically positioned in your jawbone to act like a tooth root, securing the dental crown that is attached to the implant. The implant is below the gum line, and the crown is visible above.

To implant the post, Dr. Shetty makes a small incision in your gums and the implant is embedded in the exposed bone. Your gums will heal fairly quickly, but a few months are needed for the post and surrounding bone tissue to fuse together. Once there is this sturdy foundation, the dental crown is attached to the implant and you have a new tooth that looks and performs naturally.

Instead of a dental implant in Merrimack, you could choose a fixed bridge, also known as a crown and bridge. With this prosthetic, a bridge of false teeth is suspended across the gap of your missing tooth. Crowns that are affixed to adjacent teeth hold the bridge in place.

A bridge is fabricated as one piece, with the false teeth fused to the crowns. This is an excellent choice because it looks and performs like nature intended. It also prevents adjacent teeth from drifting into the open space.

The Benefits of Implant Supported Single Tooth Replacement

Woman looking at smile in mirror

There are several benefits to dental implants that other replacements do not offer.

  • Implants do not rely on adjacent teeth for support. They stand-alone and do not necessitate altering the structure of adjacent teeth like a traditional bridge.
  • Implants stimulate healthy new bone tissue growth in your jaw so you don’t end up looking older than your chronological age
  • Dental implants look and feel more like natural teeth because they replace both the root and crown
  • With good oral hygiene at home and scheduled dental cleanings and exams, implants can last for decades, while a bridge will need occasional maintenance and eventual replacement.