Single Tooth Replacement in Davidsonville
The new standard in dental restoration is replacing a missing tooth with a single dental implant and crown. No longer are the days where it was necessary to damage existing teeth by grinding them down to make room for a dental bridge. Gone are the days where it was necessary to live with a metal prosthesis in your mouth simply to replace one tooth. Now your dentist can place a single implant directly into the jawbone offering the most natural looking and feeling tooth replacement option available to date. But wait, it gets better – in some cases Dr. Wooddell or Dr. Passaro can even place a temporary crown on the implant in the same visit that the implant was installed offering instant smile restoration!
Unfortunately, not everyone is a good candidate for dental implants. Dental implants are placed directly into the jawbone and thus a certain degree of bone integrity is needed in order to support the implant and crown. There must be enough healthy, strong bone and gingival tissue to provide an adequate amount of support to the tooth replacement solution. For this reason, prior to receiving your single dental implant you must first undergo a thorough evaluation of the area to be treated.
In some cases, Dr. Wooddell or Passaro may discover that there is not enough healthy bone to provide the necessary support to the implant and crown. If and when this situation arises we will work closely with our surgeons to create the necessary bone structure needed to support your single dental implant.
Advantages of a Single Dental Implant
There are several advantages that exist when it comes to choosing a single dental implant over other tooth replacement options like a bridge. The most important advantages is that dental implants offer the most natural looking and feeling tooth replacement solution. In addition to feeling and looking more natural, dental implants are also able to replace a single tooth without having to sacrifice the health and structural integrity of surrounding teeth. Other restoration solutions like dental bridges, however, require that neighboring teeth be manipulated to allow room for a supported cemented bridge.
Dental implants are made of titanium, which naturally fuses to human bone. Since the dental implant is placed directly into the socket, functioning as a tooth root, it is therefore much better preserved. With other restoration options, like dental bridges, some of the bone that surrounded the previous natural tooth will begin to reabsorb or deteriorate. Because the dental implant integrates with the jawbone itself, it therefore helps the bone to remain intact and healthy.
In the long run, a single dental implant is much more esthetically pleasing and much easier to keep clean than other restorative solutions like bridges. This is because with restorative solutions like bridges the gums can recede, which leaves a visible defect at the base of the bridge. Additionally, bone that has deteriorated or reabsorbed can lead to an unattractive smile.
Along with the comfort, appearance and functionality benefits of a single dental implant is the fact that unlike other restorative solutions, dental implants will not cause decay.