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If you need to have one of your front teeth pulled, you probably want to fill the gap with a crown so your smile isn't affected. Plus, having the space filled with a crown keeps your other teeth in place so they don't shift. There are a couple of ways to go about filling the gap. One is to get a bridge, and the other is to get a dental implant. Depending on your situation, an implant might be the best choice. Here are two of the main reasons why you should consider going with an implant.
An Implant Helps Prevent Bone Loss
The roots of your teeth stimulate your jaw and keep the bone strong and healthy. When you have a tooth pulled, the roots come out with it. Over time, the lack of stimulation in the bone causes it to recede. However, this can be prevented when you get an implant. An implant is like an artificial root that is embedded in your jaw. Every time you chew, the implant stimulates the bone and keeps it strong.
When you get a bridge, the crown is placed in the gap between your teeth on the surface of your jaw, so there is no stimulation of the bone when you chew. Another advantage of having the implant fuse with the bone is that it makes your new tooth just as stable and strong as your original tooth, so you can bite and chew as you normally would.
The Implant Doesn't Affect Nearby Teeth
One of the big drawbacks of getting a bridge is that the dentist has to attach it to the nearby teeth. This means some of the enamel is removed from those teeth, and they are fitted with crowns. You may not want to damage those teeth in that way if they are otherwise healthy. Plus, since you'll get crowns on three teeth in a row, there is the risk of the dental work being more noticeable when you get a bridge. With a dental implant, there is only one crown, so the artificial tooth blends in much better.
An implant is an ideal way to replace a gap in your front teeth when appearance is important. It's the next best thing to having your real tooth back, since an implant is a crown and root combined. Adults of any age can get an implant. Your general health and the health of your mouth are more important considerations than your age. If your dentist determines you are a good candidate for the implant procedure, you should weigh the advantages against getting a bridge. You may decide an implant is the best way to protect the health of your mouth and the appearance of your smile.