If you’re missing a tooth and want the very best dentistry has to offer, you could be the perfect candidate for a single tooth dental implant. A single tooth implant acts as a tooth root for a replacement tooth. The implant is securely anchored into the jaw and topped with a crown for the very best in look, feel, and function. Single tooth dental implants offer several advantages over other tooth replacement options such as bridges and partials. Implants better preserve surrounding teeth and bone. They are easier to clean and can outlast bridges and dentures by about 10 years!
A dental implant has 3 parts: an implant, an abutment, and a crown. The implant itself is made of titanium and placed into bone to replace the root of a tooth. During the healing phase, your bone grows around and attaches to the implant in a process called osseointegration. When the implant is stable, an impression is taken. Then, a dental laboratory uses the impression to create an abutment and a crown. An abutment is used to connect a crown to the implant. The crown is the tooth part of the implant that is visible in the mouth. The abutment and crown are secured onto the implant so the 3 parts together can replace a missing tooth. It functions, feels, and is cleaned much like a natural tooth.
Besides replacing a single missing tooth, dental implants can be used to support a bridge that replaces multiple missing teeth and to support a denture.