Occasionally, a tooth is lost due to an accident or a dental problem. The best way to replace a missing tooth in most cases is with a dental implant. The procedure is highly reliable and easy to tolerate. Removal of a failed natural tooth and reconstruction with a new dental implant can often be performed at the same appointment. If the missing tooth is in the aesthetic zone, such as a front tooth, a temporary tooth can usually be fabricated the same day to avoid the social stigma of a missing front tooth.
Dental implants offer several advantages over replacement options. They look like and function like your natural tooth, first and foremost. As for a single tooth, a dental implant replaces it without sacrificing the health of neighboring teeth. Indeed, as compared with a tooth-supported fixed bridge, a dental implant is superior as it does not damage or rely on nearby “natural” teeth. Furthermore, because a dental implant replaces the root of your tooth, it better assists bone preservation. Implants integrate well with your jawbone, helping to keep the bone healthy and intact.