Single Tooth Implant
Daily, many people lose one or more teeth, either as children or as an adult. While losing a tooth may seem cute for a child, it can be a worrisome problem for an adult. Missing as little as one tooth can cause speech production issues, as well as stress about being able to eat, especially hard or chewy foods. Moreover, losing a tooth in the front of our mouth can alter our beautiful smile, making us self-conscious about our smile. Thankfully, adults can replace a single missing tooth at Summerbrook Dental Group with dental implants.
What Are Single Tooth Implants?
Single tooth implants are dental implants used to replace a whole tooth. They replace a tooth completely from its crown to its root. The dental implant used is a tiny titanium or zirconium rod that is surgically positioned inside the jawbone. This implant rod is made from biocompatible materials and does not cause any negative reactions for the human body. The implant is left to heal in a process where the jawbone fuses around the implant and holds it securely. After it has healed, it will receive an abutment and a permanent artificial crown. This completes a permanent single tooth replacement.
Our professionals will assess and examine a patient thoroughly to ensure that they are candidates for a dental implant. We will examine their dental health as well as their medical records. Some patients may require a preparatory procedure, such as a tooth extraction to remove a damaged or decayed tooth, or even a bone graft for patients who have lost significant jawbone density in the missing tooth area.
The implant is placed during a surgical procedure, which will be done under anesthesia to keep the patient comfortable and free of pain. Our professionals will surgically cut open the gums, and place the implant into a hole that we will drill in your jawbone. After this procedure, you may be given a temporary crown to fill the space while you heal.
The healing period may take a couple of months, but it is highly dependent on the metabolism of each patient. Also, implants placed in the lower jaw tend to heal faster than those placed in the upper jaw. Once it is healed, you will return to have the abutment fastened to the implant. This usually requires some minor procedure on the gums. This will quickly heal in a couple of weeks.
During this period, your permanent crown will have been created with impressions and measurements taken from your mouth in the initial appointment. This crown will be placed as soon as your gums have healed.
Using a Single Tooth Implant
Following the procedure, your tooth is completely ready to use. It is as durable and efficient as your natural tooth, and you may even forget you had an implant installed. Caring for them is as easy as brushing and flossing your teeth regularly, and keeping up scheduled dental appointments for exams and checkups. Avoiding bad habits such as smoking or excessive alcohol consumption is necessary to avoid implant failure, as these habits greatly slow down the healing process. You can check your candidacy for single tooth implants by speaking to our professionals at Summerbrook Dental Group today. Call us at 720-882-9988 to learn more.