Single Tooth Replacement
If you are missing one tooth, a dental Implant offers the option to replace both the missing root and the crown of the tooth without attaching to or affecting your neighboring teeth. Fixed bridges may require the shaping or cutting down of adjacent healthy teeth. A dental implant designed to replace a single tooth is composed of three parts:
- Titanium implant fixture that fuses with the jawbone
- Abutment, which screws into the implant and is the part that sticks up above the gum line so that a crown or bridge can be attached to it
- Crown- custom fabricated restoration which looks and functions just like your natural tooth
In the past the only permanent solution available to replace a missing tooth was a fixed bridge. In comparison to a bridge a dental implant has numerous advantages.
Conservative Treatment Option- Dental Implants do not rely on attachment to adjacent teeth and therefore prevent damaging potentially healthy teeth as is often done to fabricate a bridge. In a bridge if one of the abutment teeth gets periodontal disease or decay, you often have to replace the entire bridge, but with a Dental Implant there is no attachment to the adjacent teeth.
Esthetic and More Natural- Dental Implants look and function more like your own teeth. By attaching to and stimulating your jaw bone, they help to prevent the bone loss and gum recession that we often see in patients with bridgework and dentures. Since they are not attached to your other teeth you can floss and more easily clean around a single dental implant than a fixed bridge
Enhance Your Confidence and Quality of Life- Dental Implants give you the ability to eat and speak with confidence and comfort. Since they are attached to your jawbone, they are very secure and significantly reduce or eliminate the clicking and shifting of dentures. They also eliminate any need for sticky denture adhesives or glues
Reliability With today’s Dental Implants the long-term success rate is highly predictable and they are backed by over 30 years of research and development.