In many cases, only a single tooth needs to be replaced. If this is the case for you, our periodontists may recommend a single-tooth dental implant to give you back your smile. A single-tooth dental implant is a long-lasting and highly stable tooth replacement consisting of an implant post and implant crown. The post is placed into your jawbone at the site of the missing tooth to replace the tooth root. After you have healed from your implant placement, our periodontists will create your crown and place it atop the post to finish restoring your smile and complete your treatment.
Single-tooth implants have several advantages over other tooth replacement options. Unlike a dental bridge, an implant can replace a tooth without sacrificing the health and structure of any neighboring teeth. Implants also integrate with your jawbone, helping to keep the supporting bone healthy and intact so that your teeth and implant remain stable and secure in your mouth. Implants are generally more aesthetic and easier to keep clean with regular brushing and flossing.
Implants are considered the ideal replacement method for missing teeth because they look, feel and function like your natural teeth. They are designed to last for a lifetime when properly cared for with good oral hygiene and regular dental visits. Almost everyone is a candidate for dental implants. However, if you have tooth decay, periodontal disease or another condition, our periodontists will need to provide treatment for that problem prior to providing you with an implant.
For more information about single-tooth dental implants and to schedule your consultation with our periodontists, please contact our office today.