When a tooth can no longer be saved, it is extremely important to preserve the surrounding bone. This is done with newer techniques of atraumatic extractions with a concurrent bone graft. This will prevent you jaw bone from shrinking as you age and allow for the best dental implant or dental bridge placement. Once teeth have been missing for a while, modern techniques will allow for you to grow the bone back, but it is less expensive to preserve it in the first place.
Dental implants, an excellent solution for missing teeth, are surgically placed tooth roots that hold dental crowns in place. Ask your periodontist if an implant can be placed at the same time as a tooth extraction.
Single Tooth Implants
If you're missing a tooth and want the very best dentistry has to offer, you could be the perfect candidate for single-tooth implants. Single-tooth implants act as tooth roots for replacement teeth. They are securely anchored into the jaw and topped with a dental crown for the very best in look, feel and function. Single-tooth implants offer several advantages over other tooth replacement options, such as dental bridges and partial dentures. Surrounding teeth and the jawbone are better preserved. Single-tooth implants are also easier to clean. And they can also outlast bridges and dentures by about 10 years!
Cosmetic Dental Implants
It's almost impossible to feel confident when you smile if you're missing teeth. Cosmetic dental implants can change that. With cosmetic dental implants, you get the best in function and aesthetics. After sufficient gum tissue and bone has been built up, cosmetic dental implants are securely anchored in the jaw bone for maximum comfort and durability. The replacement tooth, or dental crown, is made of tooth-colored porcelain so that your cosmetic dental implants look, feel and function just like your real teeth!