Single Tooth Dental Implants

 

  • Unlike bridges and dentures, implants more closely mimic natural teeth in appearance, feel and function.
  • Unlike a conventional three-unit bridge used to replace a single tooth, the healthy adjacent teeth do not have to be modified to support the bridge.

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An implant is placed in the bone and covered with a protective cap while it is allowed to heal. Depending on the amount of bone, your clinician may need to do additional procedures to build up the bone.

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After healing, when the implant is securely anchored in the bone, an abutment is attached to the implant. This functions as the core of the replacement tooth. The abutment can be adjusted and shaped to allow the replacement tooth, or crown, to blend in with the adjacent teeth.

The final step is to affix a crown to the abutment. The crown is shaped and colored to match your surrounding teeth. The finished result matches your natural teeth. The entire implant procedure can be completed in as little as two months, with just three office visits.
With today’s newer generation of implants, it is now possible to do the entire process in one visit.

Illustrations courtesy of 3i Implant Innovations, Inc.

 

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