Very briefly, a dental implant artificially restores the entire tooth, consisting of a small post or screw which is made from titanium alloy or zirconia, and which is surgically inserted into the jawbone.
The implant post integrates with the jawbone during a process called osseointegration and which takes about three months to complete. Once osseointegration is finished, an abutment is attached to the post and protrudes just above the gumline. The abutment supports the implant crown.
Alternative choices for replacing a front tooth include a one-tooth denture or a flipper, and which is only really a temporary solution.
Another option is to choose a dental bridge, and which is fitted over the teeth adjacent to the gap. These teeth must be substantially reshaped, removing a lot of their original structure so the can be crowned, and the crowns are attached to the replacement front tooth which is called a pontic.
If your remaining front teeth are strong and healthy, a dental bridge is not ideal because the adjacent teeth are significantly ground down and will always need to be protected with dental crowns.
Removing dental enamel from these teeth increases the possibility of infection and decay in these teeth in the future. The pontic of a dental bridge will only rest on the gums, and over time, your gum tissue and the bone underneath will gradually resorb so you could end up with an unsightly gap underneath the pontic.Read more: https://www.nycdentalimplantscenter.com/front-tooth-implant/