Single Tooth Implants

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When dental implants are discussed, it’s usually in the context of replacing multiple teeth, sometimes even one or both dental arches. Did you know that you don’t have to be missing more than one tooth to take advantage of the benefits of dental implants? This dental solution provides all the visual benefits of more traditional bridges with the long-lasting benefits of dental implants and can be a way to minimize the cost of a full set of implants in the future. Find out how Dr. Berg and single tooth dental implants at Smile Solutions can help you today!

A Better Solution To Post-Extraction Dentistry In Garden City, NY

In the past, the preferred solution for a missing tooth was a bridge. A dental bridge worked by placing crowns on the teeth adjacent to the gap where one or more teeth were missing. These crowns were then used as an anchor point for a ‘bridge,’ which included prosthetic teeth to replace the missing teeth. While this function helped support the neighboring teeth and restored full functionality to your bite, it didn’t solve all the problems associated with missing teeth. Single Tooth Implants have the ability to:

  • Prevent Teeth From Migrating – When you have a missing tooth, the teeth next to the gap may migrate out of position due to pressure from chewing and a lack of support.
  • Reduce Wear and Tear – Missing teeth also result in the wear and tear on the remaining teeth being more severe. Getting a single tooth implant helps keep wear and tear even and your healthy teeth to last longer.
  • Prevent Bone/Gum loss – Another important benefit of single tooth implants is their ability to stimulate the growth of bone and support healthy gums. Missing teeth usually result in the degradation of your jawbone and the shrinking of the gums at the site. The titanium in the implant helps promote bone growth.

These are just a few of the benefits that come with getting a single tooth implant. In addition, these implants can serve as the foundation of a full set of dental implants down the road if you continue to lose teeth. This helps spread the cost of the procedure out over time while helping protect your natural teeth as long as possible.

What To Expect When Getting Single Tooth Dental Implants

This procedure takes place over two visits set somewhere between two and six months apart. The first procedure sets the titanium implant into your jawbone, and the gum is then closed over the surgical site. In the intervening months, your jaw and gum are allowed to heal, creating a firm placement point for your new teeth. During the second step, the gum will be reopening, and an abutment, our mounting point, set in place on top of the implant. Your new dental restoration will be mounted on this abutment, only to be removed during your routine dental visits. Single tooth dental implants are a great way to promote long-term oral health and maintain your natural teeth as long as possible.

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