If you have a missing tooth, Dr. Fred Alger can work with your dentist to replace it with a single tooth implant. A single tooth implant is a permanent solution for missing teeth. A dental implant can restore oral health, as well as confidence in your smile.
Dr. Fred Alger provides expertise in periodontal care and implants, while your referring dentist can provide a custom-fitted dental crown to top and complete the dental implant in an attractive and functional way. The resulting permanent implant improves the mouth’s function, preserves bone and facial structure, and promotes oral health.
What Are Single Dental Implants?
A single tooth implant is a free-standing device and does not involve treatment to the surrounding teeth. It doesn’t require permanently changing the natural teeth on each side, as with a traditional bridge. Also, it provides a solution for a single missing tooth, whereas partial and full dentures only offer tooth replacement solutions when multiple or all teeth are missing.
The dental implant includes a titanium screw placed in the gum to encourage the jawbone to fuse to it and make it a permanent structure within the mouth. This setup replaces the function of a natural tooth root. Once the implant is placed, an abutment (or post) is attached to provide the final support for a dental crown.
Typically, Dr. Alger places the implant portion, and your dentist will place the crown. By combining their expertise, Dr. Alger and your dentist work as a team to restore your smile.
What Are the Benefits of Single Tooth Implants?
There are several advantages to replacing a missing tooth with a single dental implant. This type of dental implant:
- Provides a strong and durable foundation for natural-looking replacement teeth
- Prevents additional bone loss caused by missing teeth
- Preserves the condition of healthy adjacent teeth by eliminating the need to use surrounding teeth for support
- Stimulates bone tissue and gums, ensuring an attractive and esthetic result and promoting good oral health
Following implant placement, our team will teach you the proper care for your new implant. Routine dental visits, brushing, and flossing are crucial habits to develop to ensure your implant’s long-term success and overall oral health.
Are Single Dental Implants Right for Me?
Dental implants are not right for all situations. You need to have healthy gums and enough bone structure to support the implant. If you don’t, Dr. Fred Alger may be able to provide a solution in preparation for implants, such as a bone graft procedure.
Also, it’s important to be aware that a single tooth implant requires surgery to install the implant, followed by a long healing process that takes months. This option comes with a higher price tag than other forms of artificial teeth, such as traditional bridges. That said, the final result is a permanent replacement tooth that has just as much strength and structure as natural teeth.
See if You Are a Candidate
If you are interested in implant dentistry, get in touch for a consultation appointment. Dr. Alger is located in Gahanna and will perform an initial exam and discuss single tooth implant options with you. Contact us today to get started!