Most people lose at least one tooth by the time they turn 50 years of age. While often these are wisdom teeth or other back teeth, when a lost tooth is part of your smile, it can make a noticeable difference. Single-tooth implants are the most natural-appearing and functional options available in restorative dentistry for replacing missing teeth. We offer dental implants at our DNTL Hub practice in Galt, CA.
What Are Single Dental Implants?
Dental implants are designed to work like a natural tooth. The titanium post of the implant is inserted into the jawbone, just like a tooth root. The post has grooves like a screw, which allow it to grip the bone. As the bone and tissue heals, the bone fuses to the post to hold it in place.
Dental implants can be used for many types of restorative options, from supporting dentures to securing dental bridges. With single-tooth implants, the only restoration attached to the implanted post is a dental crown.
Single Tooth Replacement
Single-tooth implants are ideal for replacing a missing tooth. Once the post is surgically placed in the jawbone, an abutment can be attached to the top. This connective device is used to attach a dental crown to the implant. Most dental crowns are made from porcelain or other white materials to match the color and shape of the surrounding teeth. Once the crown is attached to the abutment and post, the single-tooth implant is complete. These restorations look and function like natural teeth, which is why they are desirable for tooth restorations.
With new dental technology, most people can qualify for a dental implant. Even if there is bone loss, bone grafting and other procedures can help improve the chance of a healthy single-tooth implant restoration.
If you have a missing tooth that you want replaced, a single-tooth implant may be right for you. Contact our DNTL Hub team to learn more about dental implant restorations. Call our office in Galt, CA, to schedule a dental implant consultation.