Single Tooth Replacement
When a single tooth is missing, an implant is an excellent option for tooth replacement. Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth. Traditional replacements include bridges and removable appliances. Bridges involve the crowning of adjacent teeth. Dental implants result in permanently fixed teeth that don’t sacrifice neighboring teeth.
Using local anesthetic, the implant is placed into the jawbone. Most patients experience only minimal discomfort after a single implant.
After the procedure, the implant generally requires three months to heal and for bone attachment to take place. In the interim, some patients wear a removable replacement tooth. Once the implant has healed sufficiently, your restorative dentist will place the permanent tooth onto the implant.
Diligent oral hygiene is just as important with dental implants as it is with natural teeth. Brushing, flossing and regular visits to the dentist are essential to the success of implants.