Dental Implants for Single Tooth Replacement
By Chetan Patil, DDS PhD on June 03, 2017
For people who are missing only a single tooth, the fixed dental bridge has long been a reliable, perfectly adequate treatment option. However, for those who want to restore full form, function, and health to their mouths, dental implants represent the absolute state of the art in tooth replacement. While there is no true replacement for a healthy natural tooth, an implant-supported dental crown is truly the next best thing - and nothing else comes close.
Board-certified periodontist Chetan Patil is pleased to offer dental implants for single tooth replacement at his Englewood, NJ practice, Periodontal Associates. If you are missing one of your natural teeth, an implant-supported dental crown will make your smile whole again while restoring strength to your bite and returning your oral health to an optimal state. You will enjoy a wealth of benefits that other methods of tooth replacement simply cannot match.
If you are missing one of your natural teeth and would like to find out whether you are a suitable candidate for dental implants, please schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Patil at Periodontal Associates today.
What Is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a titanium post that is surgically placed in your jawbone. Once in place, it fuses with the bone through a process called osseointegration. This process is made possible by the fact that the human body does not recognize titanium as a foreign substance. Therefore, the titanium implant becomes part of the body as though it were a natural tooth root.
Once in place, the dental implant can be used to secure a custom-crafted dental crown in the replacement of the missing tooth.
The Benefits of Dental Implants for Single Tooth Replacement
By having your missing tooth replaced by an implant-supported dental crown, you will enjoy many benefits, including:
- By filling the empty space once occupied by the missing tooth with an implant-supported dental crown, you are preventing the teeth adjacent to the space from shifting out of their optimal positions, which would cause bite problems.
- Because your body will accept the dental implant as it would a tooth root, it will once again provide vital resources to the bone and periodontal tissues that once supported the now-missing tooth. It stopped providing those resources when the tooth was lost, setting into effect a destructive degradation process.
- Implant-supported crowns are far stronger and more stable than fixed bridges in replacing a single tooth.
- Unlike fixed bridges, implant-supported crowns do not require support from the natural teeth adjacent to a gap. The crown functions independently of other teeth in the mouth.
- Implant-supported crowns are secured below the gum line to ensure the most natural look and feel possible.
- Dental implants can last for decades, and possibly even for a lifetime.
Learn More about Dental Implants for Single Tooth Replacement
To learn more about dental implants for single tooth replacement, or to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Chetan Patil, please contact Periodontal Associates today.
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