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One of the greatest benefits of using dental implants for single tooth replacement is the ability to avoid grinding down healthy teeth adjacent to the missing one (something that is necessary when placing a fixed traditional bridge.)
Instead, a single prosthetic tooth root (implant) is placed directly into your jaw, to function as an independent tooth.
In most cases, the function, feel, and appearance of your single implant will not be that much different than the rest of your teeth. With an implant:
The design of your dental implant restoration will depend on the number of teeth that are missing. When replacing a single tooth, the implant itself consists of three separate parts:
The “root” of your new tooth is the actual implant, itself. Made of titanium, these biocompatible prosthetic tooth roots are placed directly into the bone. As a result, the titanium triggers a process called osseointegration, which means new bone grows around, and fuses with, the implant itself. Once osseointegration has occurred, the implant is fused into place like a natural tooth. This process typically takes a few months to achieve before our implant specialists place a restoration on top of the new tooth.
About three months later, the top of the implant is uncovered and a small abutment is fitted into it. The abutment will provide the housing that supports a fixed restoration, such as the crown, bridge, or denture. In this case, we use a crown, because only one tooth is missing.
Finally, a custom designed crown is created for your missing tooth, and is bonded directly on top of your implant abutment. Your new crown is made of quality porcelain materials that withstand everyday use, yet reflect maximum aesthetics. As you smile, talk, or laugh, your crown should be completely indistinguishable from the rest of your teeth.
At Aesthetic and Implant Dentistry of Atlanta, our prosthodontist Dr. Audrea Eady (of Tufts University) and implant expert Dr. David Zelby (of the New York University School of Dentistry) work hand in hand with Atlanta Oral Surgeon, Dr. Steve Bankston to precisely place and restore each and every implant using the most advanced techniques and support therapies available.
Even if you’ve been told in the past that you were not a candidate for dental implants, we invite you to call our Atlanta dental implant specialists for a 2nd opinion. Thanks to 3D CT imaging and PRFG (plasma rich in growth factors) options, we’re making single tooth dental implants an option for more people than ever before.
Call us today to schedule your Atlanta dental implant consultation.