Single Tooth Dental Implants
There are times when a tooth is damaged beyond saving and needs to be extracted. In these cases, a missing tooth may be replaced with a dental implant. Single tooth dental implants offer replacement for a missing tooth that is more natural looking with similar functioning to your original teeth than other tooth replacement options.
Single tooth dental implants do not require damage to surrounding teeth. They are placed directly into the jaw bone for a more permanent solution to tooth replacement. By being placed in the jaw, implants can help keep the jaw bone intact without concern for bone loss that might occur with other forms of tooth replacement options.
Implants provide for a more attractive and natural appearance while preserving as much soft tissue and bone as your natural teeth. A fixed bridge results in the damage to surrounding teeth, receding gums, and bone deterioration.
For single tooth dental implants, a titanium screw or cylinder is inserted into the jaw bone and given time to actually fuse with the bone. This process, called osseointegration, may take up to 6 months to complete. An abutment may be placed at that time or at a later appointment. The abutment creates an extension up out of the gum for the new replacement tooth crown to attach to. If the abutment is attached at a separate appointment, the gum is given a couple of weeks to heal before placing the permanent crown fixture. As each individual case is unique, some of these steps may be able to be combined in some circumstances.
Our expert in dental implants in Los Angeles can help determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants if you would like a more permanent solution for a missing tooth that looks and functions more like your natural teeth.
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