Even one missing tooth can cause problems with your smile. A missing tooth can create another place for plaque to accumulate and impair your basic oral functions and your appearance. It can also give your remaining teeth room to drift out of alignment. If you are living with one missing tooth, our dentist may suggest using a single-tooth dental implant to fill in the gap in your smile.
Why choose a single-tooth dental implant instead of another restoration option? You may only see the crown of your tooth, but a missing tooth also means a missing tooth root. Without the pressure on the root that is exerted when you bite or chew, your jawbone can begin to deteriorate, or resorb. An implant replaces the crown, or visible part of your tooth, improving your appearance and your ability to eat and speak. It also replaces the root of the tooth, which will keep your restoration stable and strengthen your jaw.
You will require surgery to place the titanium post in the jaw. Titanium is very biocompatible. After the surgical site has healed and the post has integrated with your jaw, our dentist will place the crown or restoration on the abutment. This restoration will mimic the appearance and function of your natural tooth and blend in with the rest of your smile. Implants can be brushed and flossed just like your natural teeth. We will be happy to tell you more about single-tooth dental implants and schedule you for an appointment with our dentist when you call our office.