Did you know that having just one tooth extracted can change the entire dynamic of your mouth? The younger you are, the more having that one tooth removed will impact your appearance, your bite, and your annunciation when you speak.
Young people and teenagers should always have some type of dental appliance to keep the other teeth from migrating. This is very important in younger years because continued growth will make the teeth migrate more than it would in a full grown adult. The dental appliance used for most teenagers with just one missing tooth is a spacer, which is a small device that is attached to the teeth on either side of the missing tooth.
However, spacers can have some downsides, including appearance of the smile. They are also not a long-term solution, as they will wear out within a few years. The only purpose of these spacers is to keep the teeth from migrating in an individual that is still growing. That leaves most people with missing teeth with gaps in their smile or the need for a partial, which can be expensive.
If you want to make sure that your tooth is replaced with something that will last forever, you should look into a dental implant for a single tooth. A single tooth dental implant is not that expensive, and it allows you to preserve your smile indefinitely. The implant itself lasts for a lifetime, and the crown covering the implant will last up to 20 years, depending on quality and other factors.
If you are interested in filling in a missing tooth with a single tooth dental implant, contact us today for more information or to schedule your initial appointment.