Uses of Single Tooth Implants

Uses of Single Tooth Implants

For those who have lost a tooth, there is no better long-term replacement than a dental implant. A dental implant fitted with a porcelain crown provides a strong, durable restoration that is both attractive and functional.

A dental implant consists of a titanium post that is inserted into the jawbone. The post takes the place of the root of the missing tooth. Over a period of several months, the post fuses with the bone, providing a strong foundation for the false tooth to be attached.

Placement of a dental implant involves several stages, completed over a period of several months.

In the first appointment, the post is surgically inserted into the jawbone.Once the post and bone have fused together, an abutment is attached to the top of the post. In some cases, the abutment can be placed at the same time as the post. When the abutment is placed, a temporary false tooth can be attached until the permanent one can be worn.Once all healing has taken place, the permanent crown is attached to the abutment.

The benefits of replacing a tooth with a single implant are numerous.

  • Implants are extremely strong and durable. 
  • Implants can last a lifetime. 
  • An implant can be brushed and flossed just as easily as a natural tooth. 
  • An implant avoids the need to damage adjacent natural teeth in order to place a dental bridge. 
  • An implant preserves the jaw, preventing the bone loss that ordinarily accompanies tooth loss.

If you are missing a tooth, schedule a consultation with our dental implant dentist to find out how an implant can improve your smile.