Single Tooth Replacement

Dental implants are the gold standard for replacement of a single missing tooth or a tooth that needs to be extracted. Dental implants are extremely versatile and can be used in ways that were never thought possible at their inception.  
In its simplest form, a healed, empty space in the mouth can be replaced with a dental implant. The surgical procedure is fast and simple. Care and expertise is utilized to ensure that preparation of the bone for the implant is precise and will appropriately house a restoration for many years to come.  
Once the dental implant is placed, it is allowed to heal for 4-6 weeks. During this time, the surrounding bone will fuse to the surface of the implant through a process we call osseointegration. Once fully integrated, the implant will be tested for stability and then you can then be referred back to your general dentist for fabrication of the custom crown.
Single implants are wonderfully natural looking and function as normal teeth.  They are maintained as natural teeth and have the benefit of never developing decay! Regular maintenance includes brushing and flossing as well as examination during your cleaning appointments. Yearly x-rays of the implant are recommended. 
If a tooth is present that needs to be extracted prior to the placement of a dental implant, a bone graft may be recommended to rebuild and preserve the existing bone width. This procedure is called Socket Preservation. Other conditions exist that allow for placement of a dental implant immediately following extraction of a tooth. Immediate Dental Implants are perfectly safe and utilized when conditions are appropriate and success is predictable. To learn more about these techniques, visit "Immediate Dental Implants" and "Socket Preservation".
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