Single Tooth Implants
When it comes to losing a single tooth, many people tend to ignore it, especially if the tooth is toward the back of the mouth, not visible when you smile. After all, what’s the harm in missing only one tooth? The truth is, even a single missing tooth can cause a significant number of issues, affecting your oral health and your quality of life. At Edelweiss Dental Implant Center, we can replace a single missing tooth with a single tooth dental implant.
Traditional Tooth Replacement
In the past, a single missing tooth has been replaced using a bridge. A bridge consists of the replacement tooth set between two dental crowns. The teeth on either side of the empty space are ground down so that the crowns can fit in place over them. In essence, these teeth become the anchors that hold the bridge in place. While bridges are still in use today, they do have a few downsides. The biggest disadvantage is that the restoration does not stop bone loss. This means that your jaw will still weaken and change shape. This means that the bridge, while cemented in place, will need to be replaced every few years.
Effects of a Missing Tooth
It’s easy to brush off a single missing tooth, especially if you can’t see the empty space when you smile. However, even missing just one tooth can have several major impacts on your life:
Single Tooth Dental Implants
Single tooth implants are a type of dental implant that are used to replace a single missing tooth. After a local anesthetic, incisions are made in the empty space, and a hole is drilled into the bone. A single titanium rod is inserted, and the gums are stitched closed around it. Healing can take several weeks, during which time you are provided with a temporary crown. As you heal, your jawbone fuses with the rod, turning it into a stable root that will support your permanent crown. Once you have healed, the abutment is placed, and an impression is taken. The impression is used to create your custom crown, which is then screwed into place on the implant.
Benefits of Single-Tooth Implants
Single tooth implants have several benefits:
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Don’t ignore a single missing tooth just because no one can see it. For more information on single tooth implants, and to schedule your consultation, contact Edelweiss Dental Implant Center today at (972) 930-5154.