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3 Reasons To Replace Your Lost Tooth With A Dental Implant

What would you do if you lost a tooth?

Would you try to live with it? Would you get a dental bridge?

Or would you visit our dentist office in Fredericksburg, VA, where could get a complete tooth replacement?

A dental implant and a dental crown do more than just fill the gap in your smile. Together, they can reduce your risk of losing more teeth.

Many times when we discuss the benefits of dental implants, we focus on bigger things, like implant-supported dentures. But it’s also important to note that getting an implant may keep you from ever needing those dentures.

Drs. Lloyd F. Moss Jr. & Lloyd F. Moss III can examine your missing tooth and let you know if you are a good candidate for a dental implant.

To schedule a consultation, call (540) 369-4926 or contact us online.

 

▶︎ Preserve Your Smile

While this isn’t the only reason to replace a missing tooth, there is nothing wrong with wanting to have a nice smile.

And considering how natural today’s dental crowns can be, people won’t know which of your teeth isn’t real.

Having a complete can make a big difference in your self-confidence. We have seen time and time again how repairing a single tooth or even part of a tooth has boosted a patient’s self-esteem.

Getting a dental implant and a dental crown could give you that boost as well. When you feel confident about your smile, you are more likely to share it with the people you love.

And that’s good for everyone.

Just call (540) 369-4926 if you would like to know more about how our Fredericksburg, VA, dentist office can help you.

 

▶︎ Protect Your Remaining Teeth

Many people have thought they could live without a tooth. After all, it’s just one tooth, right?

Well … that’s is how it starts. Unfortunately, losing one tooth can lead to further tooth loss. This can happen for a couple reasons.

First, your teeth can drift. You don’t notice it but your teeth move in small ways. When you have all your teeth, however, they provide a self-supportive system. As teeth push into their neighbors, their neighbors push back.

The end result is that your teeth stay in the same places.

If you take away one of those teeth, however, the nearby teeth can slowly drift in the open space. This may lead to changes in your bite and allow even more teeth to drift with time.

Second, when you are missing a tooth, you may start to lose bone tissue in that part of your mouth, too. When your teeth drift into this space with less support, they are more likely to fall out, too.

And when you lose more teeth, you start losing more bone mass as well. (We think you see how this cycle can get worse with time.)

By getting an implant and crown, you may be able to stop this from occurring. Since you can’t grow a new tooth, replacing it with an artificial tooth is the next best option.

 

▶︎ Maintain A Healthy Jaw

We already have noted that bone loss can follow tooth loss. This is directly related to the loss of the root of your tooth. This also is why your dental implant is an important part of this process.

Dental crowns, bridges, and dentures all replace the crowns of missing teeth. Dental implants are the replacements for your roots.

The roots of your natural teeth push into your jawbone with each bite and chew. That pressure spurs the growth of new bone tissue which keeps your jaw healthy and strong.

A single missing root can lead to the loss of up to 25 percent of the bone density in that part of your mouth within 12 months.

A dental implant may have a different shape than the root of a natural tooth, but it can serve the same function. The implant can provide the pressure needed to encourage new bone growth to keep your jaw healthy and strong.

 

Get More With A Dental Crown And A Dental Implant

Our dentists in Fredericksburg, VA, want you to be happy with your smile now and for the rest of your life.

That’s why we encourage you to get a complete tooth replacement with a dental crown and a dental implant.

Contact us online or call (540) 369-4926 to make an appointment today. Take action to save your smile and more!