If you are missing a single tooth, implants are a great option. During a single tooth implant operation, a metal post is attached to your jaw and a tooth fixed to it. The old tooth along with its root is replaced. This provides several advantages to your overall dental health.
What are the advantages of implants?
Because the only tooth involved is the missing or damaged tooth, the neighboring teeth are not affected. Other methods (such as the tooth-supported fixed bridge) require adjacent teeth to be worked on and grounded into your jaw so your replacement tooth can function. With a single tooth implant, your new tooth will be replaced without unnecessary treatment of healthy teeth.
Why replace the root?
A dental implant replaces not only the missing or damaged tooth but also its root. This strengthens the root and reduces the chances of your new tooth falling out. This also allows the new tooth to integrate with your jawbone over time, which helps maintain your new tooth and keep it intact. This is accomplished by a process called osseointegration.
When dentures or fixed bridges are used, the part of the jawbone that had previously surrounded the tooth may begin to deteriorate. This can cause further issues with the root and jawbone itself. With implants, these problems are nullified.
How will my implants look?
Your new tooth will look and function like any other tooth making it almost indiscernible from the surrounding teeth. Because of this, most people won’t even be able to tell whether or not your tooth is new or natural. This will provide a more natural transition into your new tooth with little to no discomfort.
Dentures can fall out when eating certain foods. These awkward mishaps make them less comfortable and more apparent. Your new implant negates these incidents and allows you to eat a wider variety of foods and feel more confident with your new smile.