Single Tooth Dental Implants
For those who need to have one or more missing teeth replaced, single tooth dental implants are a long term, functional choice. There are many benefits in choosing to have dental implants over other tooth replacement options.
Single tooth dental implants look and function more like your natural teeth since they are created and placed individually within the jaw bone. A fixed dental bridge will have at least three crowns hooked together to replace just one missing tooth.
With dental implants, there is no harm to surrounding teeth. With a fixed bridge dental appliance, the teeth on either side of the gap need to be prepared for the bridge to be attached. This preparation involves removing a large part of the natural tooth in order to place the crowns over the adjacent teeth.
Dental implants for a single tooth help preserve the natural jaw bone. When a tooth is pulled, the bone that once held the root of the tooth will eventually erode and be reabsorbed into the body. Dental implants are placed directly into the jaw bone and stimulate new bone growth that fuses together with the root of the dental implant.
When getting a dental implant, the dentist will first insert a metal screw or cylinder into the jaw bone. This is given several months to heal and fuse with the jaw bone. An extension may be placed at this time or during another appointment to allow the new root to protrude over the gum line. Once this heals, the new tooth crown is attached with what is referred to as an abutment to the root extension resulting in a natural-looking tooth.
If you are interested in single tooth dental implants, visit our expert in dental implants in Beverly Hills to see if you are a good candidate.