Single Tooth Dental Implants in NYC
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 (basically the artificial “root”) 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 have our cosmetic dental office in Manhattan install 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?
Many factors must be considered when choosing between a bridge and an implant for the replacement of a single tooth. However, there are advantages and disadvantages to both forms of treatment.
The main advantage of the single-tooth implant lies in the fact that the adjacent teeth do not have to be worked on in order to fit a bridge. These teeth are left alone and are not linked as part of a larger restoration. Not having to bear the load of the bridge gives the neighboring teeth less chance of decay in the future.
Another advantage is that a dental implant will replace your tooth root so that the bone is better preserved. With a bridge, some of the bone that currently surrounds the tooth begins to resorb, (re-absorb or deteriorate). Dental implants integrate with your jawbone which help to keep the bone healthy and intact.
Replacing A Single Front Tooth
In replacing a single front tooth, the process can be somewhat difficult to accomplish because it will be more prominent in the smile. Achieving the exact position necessary next to the nearby teeth takes a bit more time. As well, the color matching has to be very well done. The issue is that the new tooth will have a functional aspect and so it is important to make sure that the tooth will be used to chew and rip the food properly.
Getting a balance between the look of the tooth and its functionality is a challenge that Dr. Jalbout is able to able to achieve for you right here in our Manhattan office as he applies his many years of experience performing dental implants.
Replacing A Single Back Tooth
Replacing a single back tooth happens more often than that of a front tooth. Molars and pre-molars are usually the first teeth to succumb to decay and gum disease. Research shows that most of our chewing is done with the first molar, So, the replacement of a first molar is a high priority to maintain full function. For a second molar that possibly needs to be replaced, it is good to have a discussion with us to see if it is a procedure that is really necessary for you.
The Making You Smile Difference
Single tooth implant technology has advanced considerably over the last few years, but it must be executed by an experienced doctor. Since 2000, Dr. Jalbout has treated a wide range of patients with dental implants with outstanding results. Over the years he has treated both common and unusual smile issues, making him a go-to Implant Dentist in Midtown Manhattan of New York City.
If you have any questions and you are in the Manhattan or surrounding areas, we invite you to contact us at Making You Smile Cosmetic Dental Studio today. A New York minute is all it takes to call!