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Single Tooth Dentures & Dental Implants

Discover More About Dental Implant

An implant is a completely artificial tooth. Unlike a crown the entire tooth including the root. A true “single tooth denture” is a dental implant. The root of the tooth is replaced with a screw that is surgically inserted into your jaw bone. The screw holds an artificial porcelain crown.

How Single Tooth Implants Are Used In Treatment

“Single-tooth dentures” or dental implants create a strong foundation that helps a patient maintain bone density and offers a beautiful dental crown to fill in the space between teeth. If a patient is missing several teeth in a row I recommend an implant bridge which is held in place by two dental implants. “All-on-4” dentures refer to four single tooth dentures used to support a permanent, non-removable, full set of teeth. This is an excellent alternative to full arch dentures where every tooth on either the top or bottom of your mouth are replaced. One single implant on its own is not enough to support even one tooth without several months of healing time, but four or more implants together can hold up your new teeth the very day they are installed.

Mistaken Identity

Some people refer to a single tooth partial as a single tooth denture. However this not an implant. A single tooth partial is a flexible acrylic base holding one artificial tooth. It locks into place between your natural teeth with a small wire clasp. Many patients remark that it reminds them of the retainer they wore as a teenager once their braces were removed.