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Single Tooth Implants: How They Work for You

Single tooth implants are a superior option to replace a missing tooth with an artificial tooth.  Implants are made of titanium cylinders that are surgically placed in your jaw.  These implants serve as artificial tooth roots for the crown that will be replacing your missing tooth.  A crown or cap is specially made to look like your natural tooth.  It is attached to the implants and fills the space left in the mouth by the missing tooth.

When you lose a tooth, chances are the biting forces on the teeth next to the space will cause them to shift.  While opposing teeth may start to extrude out of the socket leading to eventual loss of tooth.

It is more difficult to chew your food as your bite changes.  You may inflict damage to your jaw joint.  Tooth decay and periodontal disease are caused by harmful plaque and tartar deposits in new hard-to-reach places due to difficulty in cleaning shifted teeth.

Since implants for a single tooth are made of titanium cylinders that are surgically imbedded in your jaw and function as artificial tooth roots, we can avoid placing a bridge by attaching a replacement tooth to the dental implant.  The preparation of bridging the missing tooth can weaken adjacent natural teeth.

See dental implants before and after photos of Dr. Waggener patients who have dental implants in our before and after gallery.

Benefits of Implants

A dental implant doesn’t involve modifying the structure of the adjacent teeth thus their strength and integrity are preserved.  It blends with your natural teeth so well that you won’t even notice the difference of the implant and crown from your natural teeth.  It is a replacement root of your missing tooth which actually helps minimize bone loss that occurs when a tooth is missing.

The Implant Process

The procedure of completing the implant and crown depends on numerous factors.  It may take roughly four to six months to allow the implant to fuse to the bone tissue in a process known as osseointegration.  Your oral health, specifically gums and jaw bone, must be healthy and sturdy enough to provide support and framework to the implant.  You will need to visit us up to four times a year for cleanings.

This implant is not recommended if you suffer from chronic illness such as diabetes which impedes healing.  Additionally, this implant is not suitable to smokers who are at greater risk for gum disease which directly weakens the bone and soft tissue as support to the implant.

Don’t hesitate to replace your missing tooth with an implant.  We will conduct a thorough and complete evaluation to assess your health and lifestyle to see if you are a good candidate for this restoration.