Single Tooth Implant
Dental implants were created in 1952 by a Swedish orthopedic surgeon named Per-Ingvar Brånemark. An implant is a surgical fixture that is placed into the jawbone where a tooth is missing. It is then allowed to bond with the natural bone over a few months.
Dental implants are mostly made from titanium, which enables them to fuse with the bone without being recognized as a foreign object by the body. If you have a single tooth missing, an implant and a crown can act as efficient replacements.
Dental Implant Procedure
An implant typically resembles a screw or a cylinder. It is placed into the jawbone in the empty tooth socket. For the next 2-6 months, the bone is allowed to grow over the implant to form a solid base for your artificial tooth. A temporary tooth replacement option can be used over the implant site during this time period.
The next step is to uncover the implant and add an extension. This is a temporary healing cap that completes the base on which the artificial tooth would be fixed. The gums are left to heal for two weeks after this procedure.
The second step is not always required in implant procedures, as in some cases an implant already has an extension attached. Your periodontist will recommend the procedure most suited for you by thoroughly examining your mouth.
The last step involves fixing a crown, which is especially crafted for you so that they appear just like your natural teeth. A crown is a replacement tooth that is attached to a metal post known as an abutment. Once a crown is fit into place, you will be able to chew and speak normally after just a few days.
Benefits of Single Tooth Implants
A single tooth implant aims to replace a missing tooth and its root. One of the prime advantages of a single tooth implant is that it does not affect the surrounding teeth and ensures their regular functioning.
As an implant replaces both a tooth and its root, it preserves the jawbone within the gum. The implant fuses with the jawbone over time, keeping it intact and healthy. It is a better option than a bridge, which may cause the surrounding bone to deteriorate.
When a natural tooth is missing, the remaining teeth in your mouth can become tipped or overcrowded. It can also result in further tooth loss and difficulty with chewing. A single tooth implant is comfortable and restores the natural functions of the mouth, such as eating and speaking.
An implant can be taken care of just like your natural teeth. Brush twice a day and floss once every day to maintain good oral health.
Dental implants are known to be long-lasting and have a high success rate. A single tooth implant appears just like your original tooth and can boost your confidence from an aesthetic point of view. If you have a missing tooth and feel like a single tooth implant is what you need, schedule an appointment with us at JP Dental & Implant Center by calling us at (970) 822-7622 today.