Single Tooth Dental Implant
If you have a missing tooth, you may already feel like more is missing in your life than just a tooth. You may feel self-conscious and might find it difficult to eat certain foods. You may have noticed that your other teeth are shifting to try and take up space or experience pain in that site. If you have these problems, it's time to do something about it.
Our experts on dental implants at Djawdan Center for Implant and Restorative Dentistry have the answers you seek about single tooth implants and how they can improve the look of your teeth, as well as maintaining your teeth and bone.
Why Should You Replace A Single Tooth?
If you are only missing one tooth, you may not think that one single tooth is worth worrying about, especially if you don't think your missing tooth is visible. However, missing teeth create a variety of problems for the mouth no matter where they are located. Not only may it be more difficult to bite, chew, and speak, but it can also cause more tooth loss in the future. The opposing tooth can erupt over time since it doesn't have anything above or below to act as a stopper. Shifting teeth due to missing teeth can also change the way your teeth meet when closed, causing jaw pain and soreness.
One of the most important things that will happen is bone loss. Eventually, blood flow will decrease to the site in the absence of a tooth and cause the bone to atrophy and shrink. Once that happens, you will likely need additional surgery such as a bone graft prior to receiving a dental implant.
How Will a Dental Implant Help?
A dental implant can't replace your natural tooth, but they are the best tooth replacement option. The implant is the most stable and long-lasting option for tooth replacement. Dental implants, when inserted immediately following tooth loss, will also ensure that bone health is maintained if oral hygiene is in good standing. Not only does your new restoration stay in place and prevents bone loss, but it also re-establishes a lock-and-key match between both jaws.
How Is a Tooth Implanted?
The process of implanting a tooth is very simple. We would first assess the bone to ensure you are a candidate for dental implants and determine any risk factors. Next steps are to strategically place dental implants in the necessary site(s) with the aid our 3D implant imaging software.
If bone grafting is needed for successful implant integration, this will be done first. We allow the implant to heal for two to three months before designing your permanent restoration.
If you have questions about single tooth implants, give us a call! Here at Djawdan Center for Implant and Restorative Dentistry, we are happy to help answer any questions you have regarding implant treatment. Call us at (443) 569-8764 or use our online appointment request form and let us help you reach your goals of good dental health.