Single Dental Implant – Dallas, TX
A Functional and Aesthetically-Pleasing Smile
Each of your teeth plays an integral role in maintaining your oral health. Therefore, even if one tooth is missing, it’s imperative to have it replaced. Otherwise, there’s a greater chance of the surrounding teeth shifting, poor occlusion (bite), the development of gum infection and a decline in your overall confidence.
At Inwood Village Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry, we offer the most reliable form of single tooth replacement: dental implant insertion. The process of being fully restored starts with visiting us for an examination and consultation with Dr. Brownlee, at which time a customized plan will be developed to perfectly accommodate your dental needs and to leave you with a beautiful new smile.
Options for Replacing a Single Tooth
The primary methods of replacing a single missing tooth are a traditional fixed bridge and an implant-retained dental crown. The former consists of a single tooth-colored porcelain prosthetic that fits over the remaining tooth structure and is bonded to the adjacent teeth with the aid of dental cement. While this is a viable option, there are two challenges that arise: no anchoring beneath the gums and the required enamel removal of the adjacent teeth.
Because a single dental implant is inserted into the jawbone and is completely self-supporting, you won’t have to worry about any painful gum irritation from an appliance shifting. An added benefit is that the surrounding teeth will be left in-tact. Furthermore, you’ll enjoy a level of stability that can only be bested by the original tooth root itself.
What is a Single Tooth Implant?
A single tooth implant is a cylinder-shaped titanium rod that replaces a missing tooth root. Later, your dentist in Inwood Village will add an abutment or anchor to the implant, its function to allow a final ceramic restoration to be securely attached. By addressing the problem of a missing tooth at the root level, it recreates the original and secure state of the structure.
The process typically takes a few months to complete, as a period of healing is required after the initial placement. This also allows for a process called osseointegration to take place, which is the formation of new bone around the dental implant. The final result will be a secure and complete restoration.
Benefits of Single Tooth Replacement
As the crème de la crème of tooth replacement, dental implants in Inwood Village offer the following advantages:
- Aesthetic Appeal – In addition to being the most reliable form of tooth replacement, the single dental implant, by attaching at the jawbone level, creates a more realistic and natural looking smile.
- Longevity – You can typically expect other forms of tooth replacement to last 10-15 years, but a dental implant, with proper care, can last 30 years or more.
- Easy Maintenance – The maintenance of your dental implant doesn’t require any special effort. Just as you would care for your other teeth, you should brush and floss twice daily to keep bacteria at bay.
- Restored Functionality – Your teeth have specific responsibilities, which include aiding in pronunciation, chewing food, supporting the other teeth to prevent movement and triggering the jawbone to continue producing new bone cells – all of which are restored with a dental implant.