Single Tooth Replacement in Florissant
A single dental implant and crown is all that is needed when a patient has only one missing tooth. The dental implant replaces both the natural missing tooth and its root with a single titanium implant and attached ceramic crown. The new dental implant both looks and functions just like your natural tooth.
A single dental implant offers several advantages over other tooth replacement treatments. The other most common treatment for a missing tooth is a tooth supported bridge which requires that neighboring teeth be ground down to support the cemented bridge. A single tooth dental implant replaces the missing tooth without a need to sacrifice the health of adjacent teeth. Dental implants also look and function like a natural tooth unlike a tooth supported bridge.
Another advantage of a dental implant is that it better preserves the jaw bone since it replaces the tooth root. With a tooth supported bridge, some of the bone previously surrounding the tooth will resorb and deteriorate over time. Dental implants help keep the jaw bone intact and healthy by integrating with the patient’s jawbone.
A single dental implant looks more natural and is easier to keep clean than a tooth supported bridge. Gums often recede around a bridge and leave a obvious defect when the collar or metal base of the bridge are exposed and become visible. Deteriorated bone beneath the bridge can also lead to a less attractive smile. The cement foundation of the bridge can wash out over time allowing bacteria to access and decay the teeth that anchor the bridge.
Single tooth replacement implants eliminate all of these problems. They offer beautiful, natural appearance, function immediately and provide a life long stable solution for a missing tooth.
Single implant tooth replacement normally includes four visits to our Florissant or Chesterfield MO office. Patients are usually able to return to work the day after each step of the tooth replacement procedure has been performed. Before the procedure, we will first examine and take x-rays of the problem area to prepare for the procedure. The implant is installed during the second visit. A temporary tooth is placed at this time that allows you to function, speak and eat normally almost immediately. The implant will then need a few months to integrate with the jawbone before moving to the next step. The final step is to attach the permanent crown onto the dental implant. The new tooth is now permanent and should last the rest of the patient’s life. No additional treatment should be needed. The new tooth should fit and function just like a natural tooth and regular dental hygiene of brushing and flossing should be maintained.
Are you missing a single tooth? Contact Koch Park Dental in the St Louis area if you would like to discuss single tooth replacement.