Tooth implant is the best option in restoring a missing tooth as it will provide you with the opportunity to have a naturally looking tooth that is similar to the normal teeth and that will last for a lifetime, under proper conditions, such as placement by an oral surgeon and diligent patient maintenance, implants can last a lifetime.
The dental surgeon will consult with you together with your dentist to determine where the implant is going to be placed and most importantly how it is going to be placed; a treatment plan will then be drafted to give directions on the route you will take towards meeting your specific needs. A dental implant designed to replace a single tooth is composed of three parts: the titanium implant that fuses with the jawbone; the abutment, which fits over the portion of the implant that protrudes from the gum line; and the crown, which is created by the implant dentist and fitted onto the abutment for a natural appearance, the titanium material used is compatible with the body.
A dental implant replaces a single tooth without affecting the functioning of neighboring teeth. The other common treatment for the loss of a single tooth is a tooth-supported fixed bridge that requires that adjacent teeth be ground down to support the cemented bridge. The implant integrates with the bone thus keeping the bone intact unlike the use of a bridge where some of the bone that previously surrounded the tooth begins to deteriorate and wear out causing much more complications.
Through a surgical process, the implant is placed into the jaw bone; note that you must have enough bone tissue for the implant to be placed, lack of which you have to undergo bone grafting. The implant and the bone are allowed to bond together to create a link for your artificial tooth, this usually takes a period of between two to six months, and a temporary tooth can be placed at the implant site. After this stage an abutment will be placed to create an extension for the new tooth to be placed.
A single tooth implant is easier to clean than a bridge, it also provides you with the opportunity to get that gorgeous smile back unlike bridges where the gums may recede thus exposing an unpleasant image to the public.