Single Dental Implant
A Single dental implant works well in replacing one tooth when both the tooth and its root are damaged. They function very well within the mouth and look as natural as the original tooth.
The single dental implant consists of an implant being installed into the gum with a crown attached to it. It acts as one piece, enabling the tooth to be fully functional right at the start, with shorter treatment duration and minimal pain.
A single dental implant will require four dental visits to complete. You should be able to return to work the day following installation of the implant.
If you are missing one tooth, you don’t have to live with it for the rest of your life. Contact a dentist at Northridge Dental Group to discuss your options for replacing that missing tooth.
Before the procedure is started, our dentist will perform an examination and take X-rays of the location. When the implant is installed into the gum, a temporary tooth will be provided to enable the patient to eat and function normally. The single dental implant requires a few months to join with the jawbone. Then the final part of the procedure can be performed.
In the final step, the crown is attached to the implant. This is the end of the treatment. The single dental implant will function just like a natural tooth and should receive the same dental care as any other tooth. It is a permanent solution to the problem of one missing tooth.
There are alternatives to having a ceramic crown attached to an implant. A fixed bridge supported by existing teeth requires the grinding of other teeth around the missing one. This type of implant looks natural and functions well but does have disadvantages, such as the loss of healthy teeth for the bridge to receive needed support.
A partial plastic denture can be made that is removable. This is not as stable of an implant and also does not look as natural. The few advantages are easy installation and low cost. Also, healthy teeth are not affected with this type of procedure.
A resin-bonded bridge is one more alternative to replacing a missing tooth. It will function well in the mouth, looks natural and can be installed quickly. Also, healthy teeth are left intact. But this type of bridge is not a permanent solution. It may last a few years but will have to be replaced.