Individual Dental Implants
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What is a Single Tooth Implant?
A dental implant can replace a missing natural tooth. The implant is made out of titanium or titanium alloys, and the crown (which is placed over the implant) is typically made from a variety of materials such as ceramics, porcelain, gold, silver, and metal alloys.
How are Single Tooth Implants Placed?
A dental implant is a titanium post that is surgically positioned into the jawbone beneath the gum line to replace the tooth's root. It is then topped with a crown after healing to provide the appearance of a natural, healthy tooth. If you're considering implants, you must have healthy gums and a jaw bone that is strong enough to secure and support the post.
Benefits of Individual Dental Implants
People may choose implants to replace a single tooth, more than one tooth, or to support a full set of dentures.
Single tooth implants are:
- Natural looking
- Placed quickly, in 1-2 hours
- Built to last, and with proper care, the titanium post can last a lifetime (crowns typically last 10-15 years)
- Comfortable, and may be less painful than getting multiple implants
If you're interested in individual implants, consult with your experienced provider at O'Fallon Family Dental Care. Schedule an appointment by calling us at 618-628-1646.