Single Tooth Dental Implants An Overview
Replacing one lost or missing tooth with a dental implant will provide the most naturally looking and functioning result- it will look and feel just like your natural tooth. Northern Virginia dentist Dr. Datta Malyavantham provides experienced care for the placement of your dental implant and can perform all phases of your procedure in either our Reston or Sterling dentist office locations.
Dental implants have quickly become the “gold standard” of restorative dentistry because of the benefits they offer for long term dental health. A dental implant effectively replaces both the root and the tooth structure. This is what sets it apart from more traditional options. The tiny implanted post acts like a tooth root and helps to stabilize bone growth in the jaw, avoiding jaw shrinkage and changes in the fit of the bite that commonly occur after tooth loss.
Dr. Datta will thoroughly evaluate your dental health and discuss your personal goals to ensure that you are a candidate for dental implants and will enjoy a lasting result.
Dental Implant VS. Dental Bridge
A dental bridge has been the traditional replacement option for one missing tooth. While still an effective option, a dental implant offers additional benefits for single tooth replacement when compared to a dental bridge.
When placing a dental bridge, unless the anchor teeth are new implants, existing teeth need to be degraded to accommodate a dental crown and support the bridge. This ultimately compromises the health of two more teeth, risking the need for additional dental restorative treatment down the road. Many patients experience deterioration of the anchor teeth over time which can lead to loss of those teeth and the need for a larger bridge or denture.
Dr. Datta has the expertise to place a dental implant that will not only restore function to your smile, but provide a lifetime of beautiful smiles that look and feel completely natural.