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Single Tooth Implants – East Islip, NY

Restore the Missing Piece of Your Smile

If you’re missing just one tooth, it can be hard to find the motivation to replace it, especially if it’s in the back of your mouth where no one will notice. However, even a single missing tooth can lead to severe oral health consequences. Your jawbone will begin to deteriorate in the area that once supported your tooth. Your other teeth will shift to try and fill in the gap, resulting in bite problems and possibly pain. You might even experience further tooth loss.

That’s why our dentists can use dental implants in East Islip to restore the missing piece of your smile. Using this treatment method, we can seamlessly bring back your smile’s full potential and prevent dental problems down the road.

Tooth Replacement Options

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Essentially, there are two ways to replace a single missing tooth: with bridgework or a singular dental implant. A dental bridge consists of two crowns that are placed over your remaining teeth at either end of the smile in your smile. These crowns are attached to an artificial tooth that literally “bridges” the gap. Bridges have been a popular choice to replace a missing tooth because they are a reliable as well as relatively quick and affordable treatment.

Unfortunately, bridgework presents several disadvantages. For example, your dentist in East Islip will have to shave down your teeth that will receive the crowns, removing healthy tooth structure so that the bridge will fit. Also, bridges only replace the visible crown portion of the tooth; they do nothing to replace the root of the tooth.

On the other hand, a dental implant is able to replicate the entire structure of your lost tooth without compromising the health of any of your remaining teeth.

What Is a Single Tooth Implant?

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A dental implant is a small post, usually made of a titanium alloy, that we are able to place beneath your gumline and directly into your jawbone, in the place where the root of your tooth once was. During the few months following your surgery, your jawbone actually grows around the implant in a remarkable process called osseointegration. Once this process is complete, the implant is essentially a part of your own anatomy. After your body has finished healing, a lifelike dental crown is placed over your implant to replace the visible part of your tooth, giving you a complete smile once more.

Benefits of Single Tooth Implants

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Some of the major advantages of single tooth implants include:

  • None of your remaining natural teeth need to be filed down to place an implant.
  • Dental implants stimulate your jawbone, preventing bone deterioration that normally occurs after tooth loss.
  • With proper care, a dental implant can last for several decades, while a bridge can only be expected to last for 10 years or so.
  • A dental implant looks and feels so much like a natural tooth that you might have trouble distinguishing it from part of the smile you were born with!
  • Caring for a dental implant is basically the same as taking care of a natural tooth (with regular brushing, flossing, and checkups and cleanings).

Are you ready to explore your dental implant options in East Islip and bring back the missing portion of your smile? Contact us at East Islip Dental Care today to schedule your consultation!