If you are missing one tooth, a single tooth implant is the ideal long-term solution for replacement because it will successfully replace the tooth and protect the health of the adjacent teeth. For years, a tooth supported bridge was used if a single tooth needed to be replaced. This process required that the adjacent teeth be ground down into peg shapes in order to support the bridge system. While this process has been effective, it destroys the natural enamel and tooth structure of healthy teeth in order to fit the new cemented bridge that is put in place. The cutting down of natural, healthy teeth can always cause complications to become a possibility in the future because their health is compromised. An implant-supported crown, or a single tooth implant, is a far superior choice for replacing a single tooth because it will only affect the actual missing tooth.
A dental implant is comprised of a titanium root that is surgically implanted into the jaw bone where the missing tooth was located. This root will help to support the jaw bone and the adjacent teeth by prevent the degeneration of bone, causing the other teeth in the mouth to become loosened and eventually fall out. A dental implant looks, feels, and functions just like a natural tooth. They are designed to remain aesthetically pleasing for a lifetime, and a healthy tooth implant will not decay and will never require a root canal. Of course, your dental hygiene habits will determine the health of your mouth, but taking care of your dental implant like you would your natural teeth – by flossing daily and brushing at least twice a day – your dental implant can last throughout your lifetime.
At Georgia Denture & Implant Specialists, we are proud to provide patients with single tooth implant services. We understand that the health of your mouth is dependent on the health of your teeth. Filling in the gap where there is a missing tooth is vital to the health of your entire mouth. Dr. Warren Berne and Dr. John Anderson lead the professional staff at Georgia Denture & Implant Specialists with the highest level of expertise and experience available in the Southeast. Call us today to schedule an appointment. We look forward to helping you regain a confident and healthy smile.