Single Tooth Implant
Approximately 178 million Americans, according to the American College of Prosthodontists (ACP), are missing at least one tooth. Furthermore, about 40 million Americans are missing all of their teeth. Are you missing a single tooth? If so, you are probably on the lookout for the best restorative dentistry procedure to replace the lost tooth. There are several tooth replacement procedures you can get.
A single tooth can be replaced with a partial denture, a dental bridge with crowns on either side, or a single tooth implant. Out of all the available choices, a single tooth implant is the most ideal tooth replacement option. Head over to Cherry Hill Dental Smiles where our specialists offer some of the best single tooth implants available that will last a lifetime.
What is a Single Tooth Implant?
A single tooth implant is one that is used to replace a single lost tooth. As a substitute for the missing tooth's root, our dental implant dentist places a titanium post into the jawbone. After that, a dental crown, usually made up of porcelain, is placed on top of the titanium post. The procedure to get single tooth implants begins with the placement of a titanium post that will act as the tooth's root.
The crown will not be attached for another three to six months, since your jawbone will need time to recover and form a bond with the titanium post. Once the jawbone heals, an abutment will be attached to the titanium post to secure it. Finally, a dental crown made of porcelain fused to metal will be attached over the titanium post. Porcelain is the ideal choice for the dental crown as it closely resembles tooth enamel in texture and color.
Benefits of a Single Tooth Implant
There are several advantages to replacing a missing tooth with a single tooth implant. As opposed to partial dentures, single tooth implants do not tend to move around or slide in your mouth since they are fixed to your jawbone. Unlike dental bridges, which need the grounding down of surrounding teeth, an implant preserves the adjacent teeth.
Implants have a 97 percent success rate and seamlessly imitate the appearance and function of natural teeth. Lastly, single tooth implants do not require extra care or maintenance. Basic oral hygiene is sufficient.
Are You a Candidate for Single Tooth Implants?
Single tooth implants are ideal for those missing a single tooth. However, if you are suffering from gum disease, it would make you ineligible for a single tooth implant. Periodontal disease is a serious gum disease that can cause significant gum recession and bone loss, rendering your jawbone and gums unsuitable for dental implants.
In such cases, it would be recommended to treat the gum disease first which can be done through bone and tissue regeneration using gum tissue grafts and bone grafts. After the procedure, you would be ready to get single tooth implants.
If you are missing a tooth due to a sports-related injury, gum disease, or any other oral health issues, then the placement of a single tooth implant may be the best option for you. Please do not hesitate to contact us here at [[CLIENTEX:PracticeName]] at [[CLIENT:OfficePhone]] if you have any questions regarding single tooth implants or whether they are suitable for you.