Single Tooth Implants
While a single tooth can be replaced with a removable appliance, the looks, function and convenience of a “permanent” replacement are far superior. In the past this could only be accomplished with a bridge, where the teeth on either side of the missing tooth are crowned, with the replacement tooth connected to the crowns.
This is an excellent restoration, but many people would prefer not to have to “prepare” or cut down, the adjacent teeth. Today, dental implants have become so predictable they are now the standard of care to replace single missing teeth instead of a bridge.
- It is not necessary to drill down the adjacent natural teeth to make crowns
- The teeth remain separate, making cleaning and flossing easier
- If a bridge fails, the entire bridge must be removed, Implants are stand-alone