Lost a Tooth? Replace it with a Dental Implant and Crown

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Have you lost a tooth? If so, it might surprise you to learn that you are in the majority. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 69 percent of American adults between 35 and 44 years old have lost at least one tooth to tooth decay or injury. In the past, the only way to restore a missing tooth was with dental bridgework. Today, however, you can replace the tooth with a lifelike substitute, thanks to dental implants.

Would you like to repair your smile by replacing your missing tooth? Contact Yuma Smiles at 928-344-1060 to learn about dental implants for permanent tooth replacement.

Replacing a Lost Tooth is More Than a Cosmetic Issue

No one wants to lose a tooth. It changes the appearance of your smile and limits your ability to chew your food properly. For many, the primary concern is cosmetic, but a missing tooth can affect your oral health as well. When a tooth is lost, your other teeth will slowly shift their position to move into the empty space. Over time, this can affect how well all of your teeth work together. It changes how your teeth fit together when you chew and can put excess pressure on your remaining teeth. It’s no surprise that people who have lost a tooth and don’t have it replaced are more likely to lose more teeth in the future. By replacing a lost tooth, you preserve your bite alignment and ensure that your whole mouth stays healthy and functional.

Dental Implants for Single Tooth Replacement

Unlike other dental prosthetics, dental implants replace the whole tooth, root to crown. This makes them more lifelike and comfortable. Bridgework is an efficient substitute for a missing tooth, but it doesn’t feel as natural as a tooth implant because it relies on other teeth for support. Implants, however, are freestanding prosthetics and they function the same way as your natural teeth. Many patients who opt for a single dental implant and crown admit that they cannot tell the difference between their natural teeth and their implant. They truly give back what you have lost.

Another reason why dental implants are a healthier choice than a dental bridge is because they help you preserve your facial bone structure. When teeth are lost, it triggers a process known as jawbone deterioration. Without a tooth present in the jaw, the bone mass will slowly be absorbed by the body, resulting in a change in facial appearance. Dental implants prevent this process because their presence in the jaw encourages the body to continue supporting the bone with the minerals and nutrients needed for good health.

Another concern with a traditional tooth bridge is the fact that it will need to be replaced over time. Dental bridges only last about 8 years before they start to show signs of failure. An implant, however, becomes fused with the jaw so it becomes a part of your bone structure. This means that, when properly placed and cared for, a dental implant will be a permanent restoration that should last a lifetime.

Overall, dental implants are the best choice for replacing a missing tooth because of they:

  • Provide greater comfort
  • Feel more like natural teeth
  • Preserve your oral health better than bridgework
  • Are a permanent replacement for your lost tooth

Contact Us to Learn More About Dental Implants

If you’ve lost a tooth, ask Dr. Sam Carroll about a dental implant and crown for single tooth replacement. This treatment can help you better maintain your oral health as the years pass, and give you back what you have lost. Make your smile whole again with dental implants. Call us today at 928-344-1060 to learn more.

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Irene Peters
Irene Peters
20:05 09 Dec 17
Dr. Carroll has state-of-the-art equipment and can do it all. I was able to get my new crown replaced on the same day with only the one visit. I've been going there for years and never had to wait past my appointment time. The office staff are all friendly, helpful, efficient, prompt, and make you feel at home and more importantly, comfortable. Dr. Carroll remembers details from prior visits and always follows up on them. A real bonus for me is that he has a way with giving the shots to numb your mouth without it hurting! I'm very grateful for the excellent care I get from Dr. Carroll and his staff.
Audrianna Daniel
Audrianna Daniel
16:55 25 Jan 18
I had such a wonderful experiance at this office! Switching from another local dentist was the best decision I ever made. Shanel, the hygienist, was absolutely amazing and Dr. Carroll was incredibly down to earth and attentive to any questions or concerns. The whole staff is just awesome and I can't recommend this office enough!
Carla Wolfe
Carla Wolfe
00:59 14 Jun 17
I was terrified of the dentist from past bad experience. My daughter had a traumatic experience at a local dentist as well. We have both started seeing Dr. Carroll and have had the most comfortable, reassuring experience. They are kind, knowledgeable and patient!! Thank you Dr. Carroll and Staff!! Second visit - 2/4/16 - Deep Clean Procedure and a Wisdom tooth extraction - Again, I can't say enough about my visit. The staff from the moment you walk in the door are professional and friendly. My procedure was 99.5% pain free and the extraction was 100% pain free. I was given information every step of the way and was made to feel comfortable at all times. This is an office with compassion, caring and understanding. I highly recommend this practice. I can't say thank you enough for the positive experience and dental work. Thank you!!
Lucinda Fox
Lucinda Fox
03:05 21 Jun 17
I have had an excellent experience with Dr. Carroll over the past -I have been with him since he started practice in Yuma. He and his staff have always treated me professionally and respectfully. I say 'had' because I just moved out of state and now I hope to find a new dentist as skilled as Dr. Carroll. My last visit was a highlight for me. He gave me a brand new, much improved smile by replacing my top front six teeth with crowns made by him on site. The change is amazing and I say "thank you Dr. Carroll!"
Sandy Baas
Sandy Baas
19:00 19 Oct 17
Sam Carroll , DMD, is knowledgable about all the latest and most effective dental procedures and treatment to make you SMILE... I have seen a caring and gentle approach with the very young patients ( My Grandaughter) and the concern he had with my 90 year old Father. Very comfortable yet professional atmosphere at all times!
Jill Castaneda
Jill Castaneda
20:20 21 Sep 17
Thank you for getting my son in and removing his wisdom tooth today. I would also like to thank you for the amazing service we received from everyone in the office and especially Dr. Carroll!! We couldn't have asked for a better experience. Dr. Carroll and his staff are the best.
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