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Missing a Single Tooth – Circle Pines, MN

Rebuild Your Smile From A Root to Crown

X-ray of single implantIf you are missing a single tooth, then your main concern is probably your appearance. However, tooth loss doesn’t just impact the way you look. One missing tooth can harm your oral health. Problems include decreased bone density in your jaw, gum tissue loss, shifting teeth, and even more missing teeth. To prevent these and other problems, you should replace a missing tooth as soon as possible. Speak to Dr. Stentz or Dr. Shaffer about how a dental implant in Circle Pines can give you a smile that is attractive and secure.

Replace a Missing Tooth

Single implant in place

To replace a single missing tooth in Circle Pines, you can choose between a dental implant and a fixed bridge. 

  • A single tooth dental implant substitutes for your missing tooth, replacing both the root and crown. The implant is a small screw-like post that is made of the biocompatible metal titanium. The implant is surgically embedded in your jawbone to replace a missing tooth root. It not only holds the crown restoration in place, but also helps keep your jawbone healthy and strong. A crown is attached to the implant in order to replace the portion of tooth seen above your gums. To implant the post, a small incision is made in your gums to expose the bone and the post is set in place. Your gums will heal in a few weeks, but the post and surrounding bone tissue will take several months to fuse together. Once this happens, the dental crown can be attached to the post and the replacement tooth will look and feel just like one of your natural teeth.
  • In lieu of a dental implant, you could decide to replace your missing tooth with a fixed bridge, also called a crown and bridge. The bridge spans the gap of your missing tooth and is attached to crowns mounted on top of healthy teeth next to the gap in your smile. A bridge is fabricated as a single unit, making it an excellent choice for appearance and function. Furthermore, a bridge restores dental function and prevents adjacent teeth from drifting into the vacant space.

The Benefits of Dental Implants

Smiling coupleBoth a crown and bridge and a dental implant restore the appearance and function of your smile when you are missing a tooth in Blaine. But, there are several benefits to dental implants that are not available with other prosthetics.

For example, implants do not affect adjacent teeth. They are independent, while a fixed bridge requires slightly changing the structure of adjacent teeth.

Also, implants healthy new bone tissue growth, thereby preventing the sunken appearance that can happen as a result of missing teeth or dentures.

In addition:

  • Dental implants look and perform more like natural teeth, because they replace both the root and crown
  • Dental implants can last for years and years with good oral hygiene at home and regular checkups. A bridge, however, will need occasional maintenance as well as eventual replacement.