Dental Implants Single Tooth Replacement
When you lose a tooth, particularly one near the back of the mouth out of view when you smile, you might not think it is that big of a deal. However, losing even just one tooth can have a significant impact on your life. There are several reasons you might lose a tooth, including gum disease, facial trauma, and more. No matter how you lose the tooth or where it is located, it is essential that it be replaced right away. At Bijan Family Dental Practice, we can replace a single missing tooth with a dental implant.
Effects of Losing a Tooth
Losing even just one tooth can have a massive effect on every aspect of your life. Effects of tooth loss include:
What Is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a modern treatment for replacing missing teeth. Implants can be used to replace any number of missing teeth, from one to many. When missing one tooth, an implant takes the place of a traditional bridge. An implant consists of three components:
How Dental Implants Are Placed
Dental implants require a surgical procedure, which is done under a local anesthetic. Sedation may be provided as well, enabling you to remain comfortable and relaxed during your procedure. Guided Surgery begins with a small hole in your gum tissue, exposing the bone underneath. Next, we drill holes into your jawbone and place the implant post directly inside. Finally, the temporary teeth are placed on top.
The amount of time it takes to heal from surgery varies from 3-6 months. During this time, the bone gradually fuses to the implant, integrating them into your jaw. This effectively turns them into strong, stable roots that will be used to hold your new restorations securely in place. We monitor your progress closely to ensure that you are healing properly. Once you have fully healed, impressions of your mouth are taken, which are then used to create a custom abutments (post) and a temporary tooth. This allows the tissue to mature further and results in more predictable esthetics when we make the final crown a few months later. When we they are finished with the final crown, we check them for fit and bite before securing them into place with small screws or on occasion cemented
The Benefits of Dental Implants for Tooth Loss
A dental implant for replacing your missing tooth provides several incredible benefits:
Using dental implants is an effective treatment for replacing a missing tooth that not only restores the functions of the tooth but also protects the health and integrity of your jawbone. Call Bijan Family Dental Practice at (714) 421-4494 today for more information and to schedule your appointment to find out if dental implants are right for you.