Almost everyone will lose at least one adult tooth by the time they are a senior. Many might think that this is only a cosmetic issue, but failing to replace a missing or extracted tooth can result in a myriad of other issues. For patients who have recently lost a tooth or will need to have a tooth extracted in the near future, single-tooth dental implants are one of the most effective and safe options for restoring your smile.
Our teeth serve a number of important roles beyond helping us eat and speak. The roots of our teeth go deep into our jaws and skulls in order to stimulate the bone. When they are no longer there, the bone will not be stimulated and will eventually become weakened. Those with one or more missing teeth are also at a much higher risk of developing facial deformities, gum disease, malocclusion and even tooth decay. Removable devices such as dentures can help with a few of these issues, but they are not always enough.
Dental implants are one of the newest and most popular long-term treatments for tooth loss. These devices begin with a titanium rod that is anchored into the jaw or skull in the hole that has been left by the missing tooth. Attached to the top of the rod is a small device that acts as a “saddle” for the crown. Crowns are made custom for the patient and designed to perfectly match the tone and shape of the surrounding natural teeth.
One of the reasons single-tooth dental implants are so successful is because the screening process is exceptionally thorough. Our team will need to look over your medical history and carefully inspect your gums to make sure that there are no serious oral health issues developing.
The procedure for a single-tooth dental implant can generally be carried out in around an hour (if no other procedures take place). During the procedure, the implant is skillfully anchored into the bone. Once the mouth has healed and the bone has attached to the implant, the crown is attached to complete the patient’s smile.
With the correct aftercare, the rod itself should last for the patient’s entire life while the crown may last for 15 years or longer. Thanks to single-tooth dental implants, patients are once again able to speak with confidence and enjoy all of their favorite foods.