Dental Implants NYC
Single Tooth Dental Implants
A natural tooth consists of a root, which is below the gum line, surrounded by bone. The root supports the crown, the part of the tooth above the gum line, which is the part visible in your mouth. With a single tooth implant, the implant is surgically placed into the bone so that a prosthetic crown (the visible part of the tooth) can be firmly attached.
Dental implants also stop the deterioration of the jawbone, which can happen with the loss of a tooth and can help improve overall patient health as a solid, sturdy tooth allows you to chew with confidence.
Are Single Tooth Dental Implants Right for You?
When a single tooth is missing, an implant and implant-supported crown is the best solution. Within a few days of having this procedure, you will forget that it’s an implant at all! Because the crown is shaped perfectly to fit the space in your mouth, this is a great way to enhance your smile.
Benefits of a Single Tooth Implant
There are many reasons to get a dental implant, including:
- You will look and feel younger, healthier and more confident.
- The implant and implant crown look more natural and aesthetically pleasing than a bridge.
- You will avoid the damage caused by a three-unit bridge, which requires that the healthy teeth on either side of the missing tooth be ground down to make a base for the anchoring of the bridge.
- The dental implant is a more conservative and tooth-saving treatment than traditional bridgework.
- Dental implants are easier to keep clean and longer lasting than a bridge. You will just need to floss and brush as you do with your natural teeth.
What are the advantages of a single-tooth implant over a bridge?
A single dental implant has numerous advantages over other tooth replacement options. In addition to looking and functioning like a natural tooth, a dental implant can replace a single tooth without sacrificing the health of the nearby teeth. The other common treatment for the loss of a single tooth, a tooth-supported fixed bridge, requires that neighboring teeth to be reduced down to support the necessary cemented bridge.
A dental implant will replace your tooth root and so the bone is better preserved with less risk of bone loss. A bridge on the other hand, leaves some of the bone that previously surrounded the tooth begins to deteriorate. Dental implants integrate better with your jawbone, helping to keep the bone healthy and intact.
In the long term, a single implant can be more aesthetic and easier to keep clean than a bridge. Gums can recede over time near a bridge, leaving a visible defect when the metal base or collar of the bridge becomes exposed. Bone beneath the bridge can lead to an unattractive smile. Cement holding a bridge in place can also wash out, allowing bacteria to decay the teeth under the bridge.
Single Back Tooth Impant
Replacing a single back tooth is the most common tooth replacement occurance. Decay and gum disease affect molars and pre-molars first and thus the first teeth to be lost. Replacing back teeth is one of the most predictable dental procedures performed in our New York City office.
Research shows that most of the chewing one does is by using the first molars. The replacement of any of the first molars should be seen as a high priority to maintain full function, with both bite and jaw stability. Second molars are not as important to good chewing function, and in many cases do not need to be replaced unless a patient feels the chewing surface is too small without it.
Single Front Tooth Implant
Replacing a single front tooth can be one of the most challenging places for a tooth replacement. What makes this a difficult task is not the placement of the tooth, but how well it matches the rest of the teeth and subsequent total smile.
Because front teeth are typically used for tearing food, using the largest possible implant in this case is always preferred. Determining the exact jaw dimensions prior to implant surgery allows the implant team to decide on just the right implant for the tooth to be replaced.
Contact us at Making You Smile Cosmetic Dental Studio today for any questions regarding single tooth implants.