Before dental implants became available, patients in need of a single tooth replacement had to turn to a fixed permanent bridge or an unwieldy one-tooth partial to fill in the resulting gap in the smile.

Dental implants represent a major improvement upon earlier single tooth replacement options.

When only one tooth is missing or needs to be extracted, a single dental implant can be placed as a replacement. In fact, a dental implant can be placed on the same day that a tooth is extracted.

On the day of the dental implant procedure, the patient is fitted with a temporary crown that will stay in place until the implant has integrated fully with the bone. After that process is complete, the patient returns to our office to get the stronger, permanent crown.

Of course, in the case of a single-tooth replacement, all of the usual benefits of dental implants apply. The durable devices prevent jawbone resorption (unlike the other options that don’t replace the root) and maximize function. It’s also very difficult to detect a dental implant from the biological tooth right next door.

In the case of a single tooth replacement, the dental implant stands alone and has no impact on surrounding teeth. In comparison, the fixed dental bridge requires that crowns be placed on both adjoining teeth, sacrificing otherwise healthy enamel.

Because dental implants are independent, they also require no adjustments to a patient’s standard oral hygiene routine. Patients can continue to brush and floss as they always have, and there’s no need for extra hardware to help patients clean around the appliance.

If you want the best single tooth replacement option, consider dental implants. Our office can walk you through the process and tell you what to expect from it.

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