The loss of a single tooth often leaves patients faced with the decision between a dental bridge or a single tooth implant. There are several key factors to consider when making the choice and Dr. Andrey Doroshenko will take the time to educate you on your options and expected outcomes. For most patients today, a single-tooth dental implant will offer the best long-term result and will restore natural function and aesthetics.
The process for placing a single tooth implant is not as difficult as many perceive. There is a waiting period between the surgical placement of the post and the final restoration in some cases, but in many cases, we may be able to complete the process in a single day with proper treatment planning. Once complete, your single tooth implant will give you back a natural-looking smile and normal chewing function.
Why Choose a Single Tooth Implant?
When comparing a dental implant to a dental bridge, there are key benefits to take into consideration.
- Maintaining your natural jaw structure: implants replace both the lost tooth AND the lost tooth root. The tooth root is what stimulates bone cell production in the jaw and without it, the bone will begin to shrink in the affected area. Over time this can impact adjacent teeth as well as the outer appearance of the jaw line.
- Avoids degrading healthy teeth: when placing a dental bridge, it is common to place dental crowns on one or both sides. This requires healthy teeth to be ground down to accommodate the crown and better support the bridge.
- Normal biting force: once in place, a dental implant can support normal chewing and biting forces. This means you can get back to enjoying the variety of foods that support a healthy diet.
- Confident speech: a dental implant is like a prosthetic tooth, fitting into your smile like your lost tooth and supporting your natural bite. It will enable your normal speech patterns so that you can feel confident in social and professional interactions.
Dental implants can enable patients to enjoy a lifetime of good oral health, supporting a good quality of life after tooth loss. Dental implants are often the best possible option for restoring your smile with a lasting outcome that will not impact function or aesthetics. The first step is a consultation with Dr. Andrey to discuss your needs and explore your options.