Single Tooth Dental Implants
When patients are only lacking a single tooth, a combination of a single implant and a single crown can be used as a replacement. This involves replacing both the natural tooth and its root. Below is a deeper look at single tooth dental implants.
Comparison of Single Tooth Dental Implants and Bridges
Compared to other common options for tooth replacement, dental implants have definite advantages. Besides their natural appearance, they do not damage nearby teeth that are still healthy. When a fixed bridge is used to replace a single tooth, the teeth next to the one being replaced must be ground down so that the bridge can be supported.
Dental implants enable better preservation of the bone because the tooth is actually replaced. When bridges are used, bone deterioration is likely to occur. In addition, implants look better and are easier to clean compared to bridges, which can also cause visible gum recession. Bone deterioration associated with bridges can make a smile unsightly, and bacteria can attack places where a bridge's cement has worn away.
Placement of Single Tooth Dental Implants
The implant is first placed in the jaw by our expert in dental implants in Beverly Hills. Once the implant and bone have fused together, which can take up to six months, our dentist will proceed to add a crown to the implant. However, patients who are receiving implants without extensions will first require the addition of a healing cap to the foundation and a few weeks of healing.
After our dentist creates a custom crown that matches the rest of the patient's teeth, the crown can be attached to the abutment of the implant. Finally, patients can once again enjoy easier speaking and eating. With regular dental care, including daily brushing and flossing and check-ups, patients can expect their implants to last for many years.
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