Single Tooth Implant
When Is a Single Tooth Implant Needed?
Single tooth implants are needed for one of two main reasons. The first is if you have lost a tooth due to decay or trauma, such as a sports-related accident. The second is if you have not yet lost your tooth, but it is severely damaged beyond repair through a crown or other restorative procedure. When your tooth has decayed past that point, our professionals will likely recommend a single tooth implant.
What Are the Benefits?
Single tooth implants offer many benefits when compared to the two alternative options. One alternative is a dental bridge, which involves a replacement tooth that is attached to two crowns, one on either side of the tooth. A dental bridge requires that our team grind down the teeth adjacent to your missing tooth so that the bridge can be attached to those teeth. A single tooth implant lasts longer than a dental bridge and does not require the adjacent teeth to be altered.
The other option that some patients contemplate is to simply go without the missing tooth, especially if it is towards the rear of their mouth and it is not easily visible. Leaving the gap is not recommended for several reasons. A missing tooth can make the adjacent teeth more susceptible to gum disease and decay. Loss of the tooth will also lead to bone loss and even gum recession at the location of the loss.
A single tooth implant involves placing a metal post directly into your jawbone, which protects the bone density and surrounding soft tissue from being resorbed after tooth loss. It also serves to protect your adjacent teeth from these negative effects. All of your teeth, even those that are not visible when you smile, are extremely important to your overall oral health and a single tooth implant serves as a great replacement when a tooth is lost.
How Long Does it Last?
In addition to protecting your jawbone and gums, single tooth implants are popular because they are very long-lasting. The crown that is affixed to your post will last for approximately 10 years. With optimal care and regular professional cleanings, the crown can last as long as 20 years. The titanium post will last the rest of your life and allows our team to fit it with a new crown once the old one is no longer in good condition.
If you have lost a tooth and want to improve the appearance and function of your smile, then a single tooth implant may be a great option for you. If you are ready to learn more about this popular and effective restoration, then it is time to see our team at Brea Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry. You can schedule your appointment by calling our office at (657) 341-0808.