The gap in your smile from a missing tooth can be more than simply a cosmetic inconvenience. Missing teeth often make chewing, drinking, and speaking clearly more difficult. In addition, when left untreated, a missing tooth can increase your risk for developing more complicated and serious oral health problems including jawbone loss, movement or migration of your existing teeth, and even a gradual shift in your facial structure. Thanks to recent advancements in dental technology, single tooth implants offer an effective solution to replace missing teeth, restoring the integrity – as well as the beauty – of your smile.
Single Tooth Implants
A dental implant is designed to replace a missing tooth with zero impact to your surrounding healthy teeth. With bridges, it is often necessary to remove some of the natural structure of the adjacent teeth in order to affix the bridge into place. However, a dental implant uses a small titanium post placed in the gum tissue that serves as an artificial tooth root. A custom-made porcelain replacement tooth is then attached to this post to achieve a seamless appearance with your natural teeth. Since dental implants function just like a natural tooth, they require no special care and you can maintain your normal brushing and flossing routine. In addition, dental implants eventually fuse to the jawbone, making these dental restorations a permanent part of your mouth. Ideal candidates for single tooth implants will have sufficient jawbone density to receive the titanium root. After your dental implant procedure, you can speak and chew with ease while enjoying your new natural-looking smile.
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