Single Tooth Replacement
Many people tend to ignore a single missing tooth, especially if it is located in a region that can’t be seen when you smile. Even a single missing tooth, though can have a significant impact on your oral health, and your quality of life. A space between your teeth can impact your ability to chew properly and disrupt the digestive process. Food can get stuck, increasing your risk for developing gum disease. A missing tooth also leads to bone loss, which weakens your jaw, and can cause adjacent teeth to become loose. At Rockwall Oral Surgery, we can restore a single missing tooth with a single tooth implant.
Traditional Fixed Bridge
In the past, your options for replacing a single missing tooth were limited to a bridge. A bridge is designed to bridge the gap between two healthy teeth, filling the space in with a replacement tooth. The tooth is affixed between two crowns. A fixed bridge has a process similar to that of dental crowns and is still used to this day in some instances. The two adjacent healthy teeth need to be prepared for crowns, which involves removing a significant portion of the enamel of those healthy teeth. A bridge is designed to be a permanent restoration, being cemented into place, but it cannot stop the bone loss that accompanies tooth loss. The teeth anchoring your bridge can eventually become loose and even fall out.
A single tooth replacement at Rockwall Oral Surgery is made to replace one missing tooth.
Replacing a Single Tooth
A single tooth replacement is made to replace one missing tooth. It consists of three parts, the implant, a titanium rod that is surgically implanted into your , the abutment, and the crown. The success of your replacement relies heavily upon the fusion of your jawbone to the rod. When healed, the rod becomes almost like a tooth root, holding your new tooth securely in place. The implant offers several benefits. It preserves the form of the adjacent teeth, eliminating the need to remove perfectly healthy enamel. It also preserves the integrity of your jawbone, keeping it strong and stable. This is possible because of the implant in your jawbone, which stimulates your jaw, much like the root of a natural tooth would do.
Placing Your Implant
The dental implant process involves a few different visits. Your very first visit consists of a consultation, where we conduct a visual inspection of your mouth, and take a few images. The images allow us to assess the condition of your jawbone and plan your treatment. If you are deemed a good candidate, surgery can begin.
After a local anesthetic, an incision is made in your gums, providing access to your jawbone. A hole is drilled, into which the implant is placed. Your gums are then stitched closed around the implant, leaving a small amount exposed. A temporary crown is placed while you heal, which can take several weeks.
Once you have healed, the abutment is placed and molds are taken. Your permanent crown is fabricated from these impressions and affixed permanently to the abutment on your implant.
Questions about Single Tooth Implants
If you have lost even just one tooth, don’t ignore it, even if it can’t be seen. Contact Pinnacle Oral Surgery Specialists today at (469)757-4433 and find out if a single tooth implant is right for you!