Single Tooth Replacement
With all the hustle and bustle of everyday life, replacing a single tooth might not seem like the most important thing on your agenda, especially if it is one of your rear molars that cannot be seen when you smile. But did you know that in the first year alone after losing a tooth you can lose up to 25% of the bone mass in your jaw beneath the tooth? Mor Smiles can help you with single tooth implants, the best option for replacing a lost tooth.
What a Single Tooth Implant Is
For most patients looking to restore just one tooth, a single tooth implant is one of the best treatment options. This specialized dental implant looks like a tiny rod or screw that is implanted in your jawbone. Gradually over time, the implant fuses with the living bone of your jaw so that it becomes a fully functioning replacement for the missing root. We then place a crown, a type of dental cap, over the implant. The crown is carefully polished to perfectly match the hue of your natural teeth. While some implants can be removed, they are typically meant to be permanent.
The Importance of Single Tooth Implants
We already mentioned how bone loss starts immediately after losing a tooth, but unfortunately that is not the only risk from a missing tooth. When there is a gap in your smile, the rest of your teeth begin shifting to fill it, which can cause unsightly gaps and crookedness. And as your bone mass decays, your facial features start to change as the structure of your face starts to collapse.
A single tooth implant is not the only option for replacing an individual tooth. Another treatment is known as a dental bridge, but most patients consider a bridge to be inferior to the advantages of an implant. Unlike an implant, a bridge requires your natural teeth on either side of the missing tooth to be filed down, increasing the risk of infection. And while implants offer you the same feedback as your natural teeth thanks to the artificial root, bridges are not quite as sensitive, and also do not match the rest of your teeth as closely.
What To Expect When Getting a Single Tooth Implant
You can expect to visit our office at least twice during the course of the treatment. Initially, one of our dental experts will give your mouth a complete diagnostic overview. Once we have determined that you are a good fit for an implant, we will usually place the implant right away. You will receive a temporary crown to protect the implant as it fuses with your jaw. While you heal, we will work on creating your permanent crown using impressions we take of your mouth. When your crown is done, you can come back and have it placed.
You Deserve a Full Smile!
Getting a single tooth replaced has never been quicker, easier, or more affordable. With single tooth implant technology, you can have a tooth that looks and works even better than your natural teeth. If you are interested in learning more, then call Mor Smiles at 223-258-5088 for a consultation today!