What are Single Dental Implants Used for?
If you are missing a single tooth or several teeth, you may be an excellent candidate for dental implants. A dental implant can be used to restore the root of the lost tooth, and a dental crown will be attached to replace the crown of the lost tooth. This provides a remarkably natural look and feel, and you can eat and speak with it just like you do with your own natural teeth. Our Los Angeles dental implant specialist can help you determine the best option for your unique situation.
A single dental implant provides certain benefits over dental bridges. They can replace the missing tooth without affecting the health of adjacent teeth. When a dental bridge is needed, nearby teeth must be trimmed and shaped to accommodate dental crowns, which are used to support the fixed bridge. Another benefit of a single dental implant is that it can preserve jawbone density. When a tooth is lost, the bone begins to deteriorate as well. The implant serves as a tooth root for the missing tooth and fuses with the jawbone. When a dental bridge is placed, the jawbone can continue to deteriorate, and the metal below the dental crowns and bridge can eventually be exposed, which leaves a telltale dark line along the gumlines.
Easy to care for, single dental implants can be cleaned just like your own natural teeth. Simply brush and floss them using non-abrasive toothpaste. Visit our dentist twice a year for checkups and cleanings. Give us a call today to learn more or to schedule your consultation.
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