Single Tooth Replacement
Single tooth replacement is a dental restoration procedure that is used to replace a single missing tooth. It is typically done using a dental implant, which is an artificial tooth root that is surgically placed into the jawbone to provide a secure foundation for a replacement tooth.
The process of single tooth replacement typically involves several steps, including a consultation with a dental implant specialist, dental imaging and evaluation of the patient’s dental and medical history, implant placement surgery, and a follow-up period to ensure proper healing and integration of the implant with the jawbone.
During the implant placement surgery, a small titanium post is placed into the jawbone. Over time, the post fuses with the surrounding bone in a process called osseointegration, which provides a stable base for a replacement tooth.
Once the implant has properly fused with the jawbone, a customized replacement tooth is attached to the top of the implant using a small connector piece called an abutment. This replacement tooth is designed to match the shape, size, and color of the patient’s natural teeth, and is typically made from high-quality dental porcelain.
Single tooth replacement offers a number of benefits over other types of dental restorations, including:
- Improved appearance: Single tooth replacement looks and feels like a natural tooth, and can improve the appearance of the smile.
- Improved function: Single tooth replacement allows for normal chewing, speaking, and other oral functions, improving overall oral health and quality of life.
- Long-lasting: Single tooth replacement is designed to be a permanent solution, and can last for many years with proper care.
- Preserves bone structure: Single tooth replacement helps preserve the natural bone structure of the jaw, preventing bone loss and other complications associated with missing teeth.