Single Implant Restorations
When you run your tongue over your teeth, what do you notice? Do you feel a full set of healthy, strong teeth in your mouth? Alternatively, is your dental arch (the top or bottom row of your teeth) marred by gaps and spaces where a tooth once was? If you are missing a tooth from your mouth, you are not alone.
Nearly 80 percent of all American adults are missing at least one of their permanent teeth for a variety of reasons, whether it is from severe tooth decay, advanced periodontal disease, or unexpected injury or trauma to the tooth. Regardless of why you are missing a tooth from your mouth, we here at The Center for Implant and General Dentistry would love to help you restore both your smile and your confidence with a single implant dental restoration.
Can I Benefit from a Single Implant Restoration?
Dental implants have been transforming lives and smiles for over fifty years, giving patients who have sustained tooth loss a second chance at feeling good about sharing their smile with the world. However, tooth loss is not simply a cosmetic problem.
Losing a tooth can seriously negatively impact your quality of life. Not only can it cause shame and embarrassment when you smile, but it can also lead to pain and discomfort when you are eating due to your remaining teeth working extra hard due to the lost tooth. Your other teeth may start to migrate into the vacant spot left behind by your tooth, causing them to become loose and eventually fall out.
That is why it is so important to quickly address tooth loss as soon as it occurs. We like to use a single implant restoration when we have a patient in our exam chair who has lost a tooth. Not only can it prevent all of these complications from occurring, but it can also prevent gum shrinkage and bone loss, which are fairly common side effects of tooth loss. This can keep your smile bright and your face younger, fuller, and more attractive.
A dental implant is made up of three parts. First, we have the titanium screw, which is the part that we surgically place into your jaw. We will start by placing a small incision into your gumline to reveal your bone; then we will drill the titanium post directly into your jawbone. Your bone will start to grow up around the implant, which is called osteointegration. This will keep the implant strong and sturdy in your mouth. After it heals, we will place the abutment, which is the part that acts as a connector from the implant to the tooth restoration. Moreover, finally, we will place the crown (the restoration, which is the piece that resembles a tooth) directly onto the abutment.
While the surgery itself takes typically between a half hour to an hour and a half, there is some waiting that is necessary as we wait for the surgical site for the implant to heal. From initial surgery to final restoration, you can expect to wait as long as six months to a year. This is normal and helps ensure your body will not reject the implant.
Want To Know If You Are A Good Candidate?
If you are interested in learning about single implant restorations and determine if you are a good candidate for them, we would love to discuss this with you further! To set up an appointment with us, please give us a call at our office here at The Center for Implant and General Dentistry at (903) 858-4020 today!