Single Tooth Implant
A single tooth implant replaces both the crown, or visible part, of the tooth and its root. Dental implants offer numerous benefits over traditional tooth restorations. Thanks to its design, a dental implant feels, acts and looks just like a natural tooth. It can be placed without risking or compromising the health or structure of adjacent teeth the way a tooth-supported fixed dental bridge can, and it is supported by the jawbone rather than the gums, which means it is strong, sturdy and will remain stable through eating, speaking and any other uses.
Another major benefit of a single tooth implant is that they can help preserve bone tissue. Traditional bridges and dentures can replace the appearance and function of teeth, but the jawbone will lack proper stimulation. The tissue can begin to resorb, and over time, the bone can become thin, porous and brittle. The implant fuses with the jawbone to allow for constant stimulation and increased strength.
The risk of gum recession is also significantly reduced when dental implants are used. As the bone tissue deteriorates, gum tissue can also recede. Those with fixed dental bridges may find that they suddenly have a gap between their bridge and their gums, or that the base of the bridge is exposed. As the cement washes out of the bridge, bacteria can access the underlying teeth, which puts them at risk of decay or infection.
A single tooth implant can be placed in a simple appointment. Once in place, they are allowed to heal, and the jawbone fuses around the titanium device. A temporary restoration may also be placed. After the implant has fused successfully with the jawbone, the permanent restoration will be attached.
If you have lost a tooth, a single tooth implant may be right for you. Contact our dentist today to learn more or to schedule a consultation.
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