Single-Tooth Dental Implants – Boston, MA

A Long-Lasting Solution for an Incomplete Grin

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Without a full set of teeth, it’s hard to be confident in your smile or to fully enjoy the food at your favorite restaurant. You might also eventually find that maintaining good oral health and hygiene becomes much more challenging. Your best course of action is to talk to Dr. Sharon Schrott as soon as possible to start exploring tooth replacement options – especially sturdy, reliable dental implants. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.

Tooth Replacement Options

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While there are multiple options for tooth replacement in general, you basically have two choices when you’ve only lost one tooth: a fixed bridge or a single dental implant. Both have certain advantages. For example, placing a bridge is a considerably less invasive process than placing a dental implant. That said, an implant is generally preferred for several reasons. For one, there’s no need to make alterations to surrounding teeth in order to ensure the restoration fits properly. (A bridge normally can’t be placed unless a small amount of enamel has been removed first.) Furthermore, when it comes to quality, other forms of tooth replacement can’t match the longevity, aesthetics, and stability of dental implants. For that reason, when you first arrive at our office to discuss your options for tooth replacement, one of the first things you’ll want to determine is whether or not you’re a viable candidate for a dental implant.

What are Single Tooth Implants?

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A dental implant is made out of titanium, a highly durable and biocompatible metal. It is surgically placed into the jawbone and allowed to fuse with the surrounding bone tissue over the course of three to six months. While the mouth is healing, the implant is slowly but surely anchoring itself into place. It will essentially become part of your mouth. Once the integration process is complete, you’ll return to our office so that we can attach a titanium abutment to the implant. The abutment allows us to securely attach a custom crown to the implant, resulting in a smile that looks and feels as natural as possible. The crown itself will be shaded and shaped so that it resembles your remaining natural teeth very closely; most people won’t even be able to tell the difference just by looking.

Benefits of Single Tooth Implants

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You can expect to enjoy the following benefits if you choose to get dental implants: