After losing a tooth, you might instinctively know that the best thing you can do for your smile is to replace it. However, unless you’ve dealt with tooth loss before, you might know exactly what that entails, or what the best method for replacing your lost tooth should be. At our dental office in Sheridan, WY, we often recommend a dental implant-supported prosthetic crown, which can offer the most comprehensive and realistic option for replacing a lost tooth. The implant post replaces the lost tooth’s root, while the custom-designed crown restores the visible portion of the tooth.
Consider your entire lost tooth
When choosing a replacement tooth, your most immediate concern may be how well the replacement will restore your smile’s appearance. That’s because the visible effect can have an impact on your overall self-confidence, as well as on your ability to bite and chew your food or enunciate your words clearly. However, your lost tooth also means a lost tooth root, which you can’t see but is vital to your long-term oral health. A tooth’s root not only supports its visible crown, but also promotes a strong and healthier smile by stimulating your jawbone every time you bite and chew.
The unique advantages of dental implants
With the importance of a tooth root in mind, it becomes clearer why traditional prosthesis that lack prosthetic roots can’t do as much as necessary to preserve your smile. This gives dental implants a unique advantage – as the only solution for replacing lost teeth roots, they’re the only option that gives you a truly lifelike prosthetic option. That means your replacement tooth will remain sturdier and more comfortable, and your jawbone will remain strong due to the reestablishment of root stimulation.
Dental implants and multiple lost teeth
While a single implant and crown can closely mimic a lost tooth, dental implants are also often ideal for resolving multiple tooth loss. A larger bridge can be situated on one or a series of dental implant posts, according to the prosthesis’ size. If you’ve lost all of the teeth on your dental ridge, then a complete denture can also be supported by a series of strategically placed implant posts. Because each implant is placed individually, they can be customized to meet any tooth loss need.
Replace your lost tooth with a dental implant
The best way to replace a lost tooth can depend on several unique factors, but in many cases, it’s with a dental implant and crown that closely mimics your healthy, natural tooth structure. For more information, schedule an appointment by calling Grinnell Street Dental at 307-672-7567. Our dentist’s office is located in Sheridan, WY, and we proudly serve patients from all surrounding communities, including Gillette, Billings, Miles City, and more.