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 is affixed to it. Your 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 prepared, so your replacement tooth can function well.
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 ensures a secure foundation for your new tooth. 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 appliances like dentures or fixed bridges are used, they do not replace the root of the missing tooth. The part of the jawbone that had previously supported the tooth may begin to deteriorate.
This can cause further issues with the root and jawbone itself. With implants, these problems are nullified, resulting in a healthy jawbone as well as a secure tooth replacement.
How will my implant 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 look to your smile as well as minimal discomfort.
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