Single Tooth Replacement
You may lose a tooth to decay or injury. It can get difficult chewing or talking when you are missing one of your teeth. Single-tooth dental implants are the perfect solution to replace one or more missing teeth. Dental implants can help you on both a functional and aesthetic front. It is important that you get a replacement tooth placed in the open space promptly when you lose a tooth. Otherwise, you may deal with issues regarding dental health and alignment. Michael Regan, DMD Family, Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry can help you understand what to expect from a single-tooth dental implant procedure.
Single Tooth Implant vs. Bridge
There are numerous benefits of getting a dental implant when compared to other teeth replacement options. For starters, dental implants appear and work like natural teeth. They do not feel different or artificial in your mouth. You can have a single tooth replaced without sacrificing the integrity or health of any other neighboring teeth.
A tooth-supported fixed bridge used to be a popular treatment for replacing lost teeth. However, the procedure involves grinding down adjacent teeth for supporting the cemented bridge. This is an unnecessary sacrifice that you do not need to make.
Sometimes, bone surrounding the decayed teeth begins resorbing or deteriorating when dental bridges are used. You do not have this problem with dental implants, which help in preserving bone integrity by replacing the entire tooth root. They act as regular tooth roots. They integrate seamlessly with the jawbone to help maintain a healthy jawline.
Single dental implants are also easier to clean and better looking in the long run as compared to a bridge. Your gums may recede around the bridge exposing its metal collar or base. This can lead to a visible defect.
It is common for the cement that holds a bridge in place to wash away. This can allow harmful decay-causing bacteria and other pathogens to affect the bridge anchoring natural teeth.
Placement of Dental Implants
Dental implants look a lot like a cylinder or a screw. These are placed on the jaw at the missing tooth area. The implant is allowed to bond with the jawbone, which can take anywhere from two to six months. This will help form a firm anchor for your artificial tooth. We may recommend a temporary tooth replacement option during this time to hide the implant site.
The next step is to uncover the dental implant and attach a temporary healing cap or extension. This will complete the foundation base on which your new tooth shall get placed. We usually allow a few weeks for the gums to heal naturally. In some one-stage dental implant systems, the second step is not necessary. The system comes pre-attached with the extension piece.
Finally, a crown or replacement tooth will be customized for you and attached to the metal post, also called an abutment. You will be able to enjoy a restored and natural-looking smile.
Each case regarding single tooth implants is different. Get in touch with us here at Michael Regan, DMD Family, Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry by calling at 503-654-8283 to determine the treatment plan that will work best for you.