When a tooth is lost, initial consideration to implant therapy should be made. Implants are a great technological advancement. With proper planning, many times it is impossible to tell that an artificial tooth is in place. There are many factors that must be considered, so working with a clinician with proper education in this special arena is important.
A single-tooth implant can look lifelike and undetectable and can allow you to speak and chew effectively, with normal function. While this can be a lengthy process to complete, usually the results are worth it!
Single-tooth implants can be used in people who are missing one or more teeth. An implant is surgically placed. After it integrates with (attaches to) your bone, it acts as a new “root” for the crown that will be replacing your missing tooth. This crown (cap), which is made to look like a natural tooth, is attached to the implant and fills the space left in the mouth by the missing tooth. For this procedure to work, there must be enough bone in the jaw, and the bone has to be strong enough to hold and support the implant. If there is not enough bone, bone may need to be added with a procedure called bone augmentation. In addition, natural teeth and supporting tissues near where the implant will be placed must be in good health.