Single Tooth Dental Implants
Serving Portland & Vancouver Metro AreaIf you have a single tooth in your mouth that needs to be replaced, you may be interested in what single tooth dental implants have to offer. Instead of using a bridge, which can sometimes compromise surrounding teeth, you can replace your missing tooth with just one implant and a crown.
Advantages of Single Tooth Dental Implants
Using a dental implant and crown to fill the void of a missing tooth has many advantages over other types of tooth replacement options:
- Preserves the integrity of surrounding teeth
- Looks and functions like a natural tooth
- Provides better bone preservation
- Usually easier to keep clean in the long-run
- Reduces the receding of gums, which can occur with a bridge
When a dental implant is used for a single tooth, it is attached to the bone, which creates an artificial tooth root and strong structure. The placing of a single implant is much less invasive compared to installing a bridge dental prosthetic and typically looks more natural.
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Placing an Implant
The first step in placing an implant is creating a small hole in the bone. The implant is then placed in the new opening and allowed to heal for two to six months. During this time of healing, your dentist will place a temporary tooth on the dental implant.
One-Stage Implant Systems
In some cases, you will need to have the implant uncovered and an extension placed over the top. Otherwise, a one-stage implant will be used, which comes with the extension piece already attached. Your dental professional can advise you on the appropriate system that will work best for your situation.
Attaching the Crown
The final step in completing single tooth dental implants is to attach a permanent crown. Once you’ve healed and the dental implant has created a strong bond with the bone in your mouth, the crown will be created and attached to an abutment (a small metal post) to complete the process. Your new tooth will look just as natural as your real ones, giving you the confidence to show off your smile again!
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