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If you are missing a single tooth, you should consider replacing it right away a with single implant. Single-tooth implants are designed to replace individual missing teeth. They can be used by patients who are missing one or more teeth.
Over the long term, a single-tooth implant can offer a more aesthetic and easier option to clean than a bridge. With a bridge, bone loss and gum recession still occurs, leading to an unattractive smile.
Having a dental implant to replace your missing tooth is the ideal option for restoring your smile because it can replace your tooth without sacrificing the health of any of the adjacent teeth. In addition, it also helps to preserve your jawbone so that your other natural teeth will remain intact.
If you are considering single implants to restore your smile, here is an overview of what to expect from this procedure.
A single implant is a small device made up of a dental implant, abutment, and crown that is used serve as a replacement for a missing tooth. Titanium is generally used for single implants because it is a biocompatible material that is readily accepted by the human body.
The dental implant fuses with the patient’s bone as though it were a natural tooth root. The result is the creation of an artificial tooth root and tooth that provide a strong, stable, permanent, and life-like replacement for a missing tooth.
The timeframe for the completion of a single implant may depend on many factors. While the process traditionally requires a few months for the placing of the implant and crown, it may take up to a year to complete the procedure if you have experienced bone loss, and the bone has to be built up first.
As a result, the first step of any implant procedure is an initial consultation in which the dentist will review your medical and dental records, perform X-rays and make impressions of your teeth and gums. The dentist will also plan out your implant procedure and give you an opportunity to ask any questions that you may have.
If the X-rays reveal that you do not have sufficient bone available for the placement of the implant, the dentist will then recommend bone grafting procedures to be performed. This will be done before the implant surgery can begin and will require several months to fully heal before implants can be placed.
An implant is placed into your jawbone during a surgical procedure performed by your dentist. This procedure involves the insertion of an implant made from biocompatible titanium. Following this initial surgery, the implant will be allowed to heal so that it can osseointegrate, or fuse with your jawbone. After the implant has become attached to your bone, it can then serve as a new “root” for the crown that will serve as the replacement to your missing tooth.
A second procedure is then done to expose the implant so that a collar, also known as a healing cap, can be screwed onto the top of the implant. This collar is designed to heal the surrounding gum tissue. Once the healing cap is removed after a few weeks, an impression is taken and sent to the lab for fabrication of the final restoration.
The abutment is then screwed onto the implant and used for the support of the crown.
This crown can either be screwed or cemented to the abutment depending on the procedure. This completes the procedure and you should just make appointments from now on to see your dentist for regular cleanings.
Every case is different and some steps may be combined depending on the exact procedure that your dentist is following. Your dental professional will work with you to determine the right treatment plan for your needs.
Single implants over many advantages over replacing your missing tooth with a bridge or ignoring the problem. These benefits include:
With a single implant, you can return to all of the normal activities that you enjoy, including eating, drinking, laughing, smiling and talking. No more worrying about your smile when you should just be living your life.
Single implants help to stop the bone loss, or resorption, that occurs when a tooth has been lost. It also helps to keep your other teeth in place by preventing them from shifting.
When you opt for a single implant to replace your missing tooth, you can expect it to last a lifetime. Studies have shown that single implants can last an average of 25 years with proper dental hygiene.
When teeth are lost, it can dramatically affect your facial appearance making your cheeks look sunken and making you appear much older than you actually are. Replacing missing teeth with single implants stops the bone and gum loss that changes your facial appearance.
Your dental implants only require that you maintain good oral health and that you visit your dentist for regular checkups.
Single implants are generally only available to patients who have good dental and overall health. However, dentists have successfully performed single implants for patients who have severe bone loss.
Age is generally not a significant factor when determining which patients can receive single or multiple dental implants. While some cases may require more careful assessment and treatment, your dentist will be able to guide you on your individual journey to a healthier and more confident smile.
If you have multiple missing teeth, you should consider single implants to restore your smile. Request an initial consultation or call 225-399-4521 to discuss your options regarding dental implants.