Single Dental Implant
East Wenatchee, WA
Whether you’re opting for an implant for a single tooth or multiple teeth, know that going ahead with the maximum size is always recommended. Since dental implants can be found in different lengths and widths, it is often hard to choose what fits your needs best.
For this reason, at Johnson Family Dental we determine the accurate jaw dimensions and help you make the right decision. Modern dental implants are the best possible replacements for your teeth. They help your mouth function, feel, and look natural.
Here are some benefits of a single dental implant over a dental bridge.
Dental Implant vs. Dental Bridge
A dental implant has many advantages over other interventions when it comes to tooth replacement. For one, it appears natural and also mimics the functions of a real tooth. Furthermore, it replaces your tooth without compromising the health of your neighboring teeth.
While a dental bridge is also a sought-after option, it requires your adjacent teeth to be ground down to support it. On the other hand, a dental implant ensures better preservation of the bone. They keep the bone intact and healthy by integrating with it flawlessly.
However, with a bridge, you might experience bone deterioration. Speaking of long-term results, an implant is much easier to maintain and also a lot more aesthetic than a dental bridge. You may also notice a visible defect upon seeing gums receding around a bridge. As a result, the resorbed bone beneath the bridge can contribute to an unattractive smile.
How Is the Single Implant Placed?
An implant usually appears like a cylinder or a screw that is placed into your jaw. Then, based on your dental surgeon’s recommendation, the bone and implant are given between two and six months to integrate properly. You can opt to wear a temporary tooth replacement on the implant site during this time.
In the second step, your surgeon will most likely attach an extension. This short-term healing cap serves as the foundation on which they will place the new tooth. Following this, you will have a couple of weeks to allow your gums to heal.
The Final Step
In the final step, your dental surgeon will attach the replacement tooth or a crown to a small metal post. Following the procedure, you will notice visible changes in your ability to speak, chew, and even smile.
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While a dental bridge and an implant are both commendable options to replace a missing tooth, they each carry their own set of pros and cons. However, it is safe to conclude that dental implants look and feel so natural that you may even forget you ever lost a tooth in the first place. However, since every case is vastly different from the next, it’s important to be aware of every step of the process. For this reason, our professionals, Dr. Johnson and Dr. Kevin Johnson, at Johnson Family Dental make sure to guide you well and create a plan tailored to your needs. For more information about dental implants and bridges, contact us at (509) 886-8833.