The best way to replace a single tooth is with a permanent single tooth implant. A tooth implant permanently replaces a tooth and the end result is a dental implant the looks, feels and functions like an individual natural tooth. If done properly Dental Implants are indistinguishable from natural teeth. We replace hundreds of single teeth with dental implants every year. We offer metal free Zirconia Dental Implants as well as Titanium Implants.
The best time to get a dental implant is usually at the time of tooth removal. The natural tooth should be removed very carefully so as to preserve bone and gum tissue. The tooth extraction site need to be cleaned and the site evaluated by the dental implant specialist. Often times there will be scar or cyst tissue from past infection that needs to be cleaned from the site. There may also be bone loss and the need for bone grafting. Most of the time the Implant dentist can place an appropriate sized dental implant into the tooth extraction site along with a bone graft on the same day. This is called an Immediate Dental Implant Placement.
Prior removing a tooth and placing a dental implant, the dental implant dentist will take a 3D Xray to properly plan for tooth removal and immediate placement of a dental implant. A 3D Xray aka Cone Beam CBCT scan is a necessary image for proper planning of dental implant surgery.