Single tooth implants are a state-of-the-art dental restoration option designed to replace a single missing tooth. This procedure involves the placement of a dental implant, typically made of biocompatible titanium, into the jawbone. The implant acts as an artificial tooth root, providing a sturdy foundation for a custom-made dental crown that mimics the appearance and function of a natural tooth. Single tooth implants are an excellent solution for individuals who have lost a tooth due to injury, decay or other dental issues because they are very close to natural teeth.
Why Would I Need A Single Tooth Implant?
If you have a single missing tooth and desire a long-lasting, permanent solution that closely resembles your natural teeth, single tooth implants may be the ideal option for you. Candidates should have good oral health and sufficient bone density in the jaw to support the dental implant. Additionally, individuals looking to avoid the drawbacks of traditional bridges, which involve altering adjacent teeth, may find single tooth implants a more favorable choice.
The Treatment Process
The process of getting a single tooth implant typically begins with an appointment with our dentist. During the surgical procedure, the dental implant is placed into the jawbone, and a healing period of several months allows for osseointegration — the fusion of the implant with the bone. A dental crown is then placed over the implant post, serving as your new “tooth.”
Benefits of Single Tooth Implants
Single tooth implants offer several advantages:
- Exceptional stability and functionality, providing patients with the confidence to eat, speak and smile without concerns.
- The implant-supported crown seamlessly blends with the neighboring natural teeth, ensuring a harmonious and natural appearance.
- Unlike traditional bridges, single tooth implants do not require any alteration to adjacent teeth, preserving their original condition.
- Furthermore, implants contribute to maintaining proper bone density in the jaw, preventing any loss and preserving the overall facial structure.