Should You Replace a Tooth with a Dental Implant?

If you’ve lost a tooth, then replacing it is vital to the long-term health of your smile. However, not every tooth replacement option is the same. Some are designed to replace a single lost tooth, such as a dental bridge, while others are designed more severe (even complete) tooth loss, such as partial and full dentures. At our Rancho Cucamonga, CA, dental office, we may also recommend a tooth replacement that’s supported by an appropriate number of dental implants, which are designed to replace the roots of the teeth you’ve lost.

How a dental implant works

Conventional dental bridges and dentures are designed to replace the crowns (or visible parts) of your teeth, which rest above your gum line. That’s why they’re designed according to how many teeth you’ve lost. However, a dental implant is designed to replace the root of a lost tooth, which rests within your jawbone and is not visible. An implant post replicates the structure of a healthy tooth root and is made from biocompatible titanium. As your jawbone heals and recovers from implant placement, it will fuse to the post as though it were a natural part of your oral structures.

What this means for your replacement tooth

Giving your replacement tooth or teeth the gift of prosthetic teeth roots benefits your prosthesis in several important ways. For example, a traditional dental bridge consists of a highly lifelike replacement tooth, but relies on the support of healthy nearby teeth to remain stable. By securing the replacement tooth to a root-like implant post, we can fully restore your smile without having to modify any remaining teeth for support. The addition of the dental implant also helps ensure that your replacement tooth won’t lose its grip and shift, as some bridges may do after years of use.

What this means for your long-term smile

The immediate stability and comfort of your replacement tooth are significant benefits to choosing dental implants. However, there are many more, longer term benefits that come with replacing your lost teeth roots. For instance, the implant post reestablishes stimulation in your jawbone every time you bite and chew with your new tooth. This helps your jawbone maintain a healthy supply of minerals and nutrients, which it needs to support itself as well as sustain the healthy, natural teeth that remain.

Learn more about implanted replacement teeth

With a dental implant-supported restoration, you can replace your tooth and restore your smile with more lifelike results. To learn more, schedule a visit with your Rancho Cucamonga, CA dentist today by calling Stadium Dental and Orthodontics at (909) 476-9678. We proudly welcome patients from Rancho Cucamonga, CA and the surrounding communities.