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Replacing a Single Tooth– Los Alamitos, CA

Improve Your Oral Health and Complete Your Smile

While a single missing tooth may not sound like a huge deal, it can impact your oral health drastically. Traditional restorations such as bridges can complete your smile, but still leave your oral health at risk. Dental implants in Los Alamitos fuse with your jawbone and don’t just replace the visible portion of your missing tooth, but also the root. By scheduling a consultation with Dr. Poe, you can learn why an implant retained crown could be the best solution for you.

Why Should You Get a Dental Implant to Replace a Missing Tooth?

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If you’re missing one tooth, you can get an implant-retained crown to replace it. Leaving a gap in your grin could have more of an impact on your mouth than you may have thought. When it’s left unreplaced, it can cause your other teeth to begin to shift to fill in the empty space. It can also become a cozy hideout for harmful oral bacteria and plaque, which could cause oral health problems such as cavities and dental decay.

What’s the Process of Getting an Implant-Retained Crown?

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Implants are titanium posts that are surgically placed in your jaw as a stable and durable foundation for your crown to fit on top of. After the surgery, you’ll have to wait for the post to naturally fuse with your jawbone before our team can attach a connector piece called an abutment. During this process, we’ll attach a temporary replacement tooth, so your implant isn’t visible.

Once the abutment is attached and your gums have healed (which typically takes a few weeks), Dr. Poe will place your custom-created crown on top. Keep in mind though, because every patient is different, some of these steps may be slightly different. Dr. Poe will work with you to figure out what the best treatment plan for your unique smile will be.

What are the Advantages of Getting a Dental Implant Instead of a Bridge?

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Bridges need support from your other teeth to stay in place, which could put their health in jeopardy. This traditional restoration requires your natural teeth to be altered in order for your bridge to be placed, which can make it more difficult to do basic hygiene practices such as brushing and flossing. Unlike dental implants, this restoration also doesn’t replace the root of your tooth, which can result in jawbone deterioration.

How Much Does it Cost to Replace a Single Tooth With an Implant?

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Every patient’s mouth is drastically different, so to find out the exact cost of your implant-retained crown, it’s best to schedule a consultation with Dr. Poe.

Replacing your teeth won’t just improve your self-confidence, but it will also preserve your smile for years to come. Traditional restorations like bridges can offer you a pleasing aesthetic, but because it doesn’t replace the root of your tooth, your jawbone will begin to erode. Get the long-lasting durable solution that can improve your quality of life and save you headaches down the road!