Single Tooth Implant
According to the National Center for Health Statistics, more than 36 million Americans are toothless, and 120 million Americans have at least one missing tooth. In the next two decades, these figures are likely to rise. Even a single missing tooth can be the root of many problems. Some of the problems associated with a missing tooth include difficulty with speech issues and dental shifting.
If you are missing a tooth, the use of a dental implant with a crown can be a fantastic restoration option. The dental implant replaces both the tooth and the root of a missing natural tooth. If you are missing a tooth, please consult us here at Dallas Oral Surgery Associates, where our professionals can help fill in the gap that is taking away from your perfect smile!
How Will the Single Tooth Implant Be Placed?
The implant, which is similar to a cylinder or a screw in appearance and shape, is first inserted into your jaw. The implant and the bone will bind together over the next two to six months to establish a foundation for your prosthetic tooth. We will fit you with a temporary tooth in the meantime, which can help you smile with better ease while you wait for your permanent restoration.
Uncovering the implant and attaching an extension is frequently required as a second stage in the process. This temporary healing cap fulfills the groundwork necessary for the placement of your new tooth. Following this surgery, your gums will be allowed to recover for a few weeks.
Finally, a crown, or substitute tooth, will be made for you and connected to a small metal post known as an abutment. After a short period of time, you will regain confidence in your smile as well as your ability to eat and speak. You might forget you ever lost a tooth since dental implants look and feel so natural.
Benefits of a Single Tooth Implant
Compared to alternative tooth replacement choices, a single tooth implant has huge benefits. A dental implant not only looks and works like a natural tooth, but it also replaces a single tooth without jeopardizing the health of other teeth. The other typical treatment for a single tooth loss is a tooth-supported fixed bridge, which necessitates the grinding down of neighboring teeth to support the cemented bridge.
The bone is better preserved since a dental implant serves as a root, fusing with the bone in a process known as osseointegration. When a tooth is extracted, the bone at the site no longer gets the message that a tooth is there. In turn, the bone can start to become reabsorbed, leading to a sunken and hollow appearance. However, since the implant acts as a tooth root, it allows for the prevention of bone reabsorption. No doubt, a single implant might be more attractive and also easier to maintain when compared to a dental bridge.
For decades, dental implants have been the ideal tooth replacement option with a success rate exceeding 98%. They are absolutely risk-free, with very little chance of side effects or consequences. If you are interested in learning more about single tooth implants or your eligibility for them, please do not hesitate to book an appointment with us here at Dallas Oral Surgery Associates by calling 214-363-9946 today.