Single Tooth Dental Implants
Single tooth dental implants are ideal for individuals who have a single missing tooth. Dental implants are designed to help restore both the root of the tooth and the tooth’s natural structure.
What are the Advantages of a Single Tooth Dental Implant Over a Dental Bridge?
Dental implants are designed to permanently restore missing teeth back to their most natural state. Unlike dental bridges, implants permanently replace teeth without compromising healthy tooth structure of neighboring teeth. Dental implants are considered to be highly effective and minimally invasive.
Since dental implants replicate natural tooth root, bone density is preserved. Dental bridges do not have the ability to preserve bone, therefore resorption of bone begins to occur with the placement of this dental restoration.
Not only are single tooth dental implants aesthetically pleasing, they also replicate natural teeth. Maintaining good oral hygiene with dental implants is not a challenge. On the other hand, dental bridges require special tools and techniques in order prevent plaque and tartar buildup. Gum recession can occur with dental bridges, causing exposure of the metal base, leading to an unattractive smile. In addition dental adhesives used to anchor dental bridges may also deteriorate over time, allowing bacteria and food debris to harbor underneath abutment teeth. Without proper intervention, dental decay can occur.
How Will the Single Tooth Dental Implant be Placed?
A single tooth dental implant is placed directly into the jaw bone and will be allowed ample time to properly heal. Over the course of four to six months, the dental implant and bone fuse together to form a strong foundation.
After the dental implant has completely healed, an extension will be intricately attached. Generally, gum tissue will take several weeks to completely heal from this process.
The single tooth dental implant is then completed with the attachment of a dental crown. At this stage the ability for a patient to chew, speak, and eat comfortably will be completely restored.
Schedule a consultation with our Los Angeles dental implants dentist to see which dental implant system is right for your needs.