A single tooth implant is one of the most effective ways to replace a lost tooth. These devices replace the part of the tooth that rests above the gumline and it also replaces the lost root. Replacing the root with an implant helps to prevent the bone tissue loss that is associated with missing teeth.
When a person eats with a real tooth, the pressure from chewing and grinding is felt by the jawbone. This stimulates it, which, in turn, ensures the patient has adequate amounts of jawbone tissue. When a tooth is lost, the area of the jawbone that is associated with it is no longer stimulated. The end result is bone tissue loss. That is one of the major benefits of choosing implants over other options like bridges and dentures since neither addresses bone tissue loss.
A tooth implant also fills up the gap that is created by the lost tooth, which prevents the surrounding teeth from shifting towards the gap as they try to fill it up.
What to expect when getting a single tooth implant
The installation of implants require oral surgery, but it is a very straightforward procedure. During the initial consultation, the dentist will examine the patient's mouth to determine if the person is healthy enough for the procedure. Patient's need to have adequate amounts of jawbone tissue to hold the implant in place.
At times, the dentist might recommend bone grafts to ensure the implant fits properly.
During the first procedure, the dentist will make an incision in the patient's gums to expose the jawbone. A small hole is then drilled into it and the implant is placed inside. The dentist will then suture up the gums. Anesthetics are administered before the procedure so the patient feels little pain. All the person feels is pressure from the dentist working on their jawbone.
After the surgery, the patient is given several months for the implant to fuse securely with the surrounding bone tissue via osseointegration. Once it is firmly fused, the patient goes in for a follow-up procedure where the crown is placed on an abutment on the implant.
Once the crown is installed, the patient is free to go about like they never lost a tooth. The implant looks and feels like a real tooth, so there is no adjustment period to get used to it.
Taking care of tooth implants
One of the biggest benefits of getting implants is the fact these prosthetics are very easy to take care of. Good oral hygiene and bi-annual visits to the dentist are all that is needed to ensure implants last a lifetime. There are no time-consuming cleaning procedures as is the case with other dental devices like dentures or bridges.
Dealing with a missing tooth? There is no reason to let it affect the appearance of your smile or your confidence. Talk to one of our dentists about implants and the other alternatives.
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