Replacing A Missing Tooth
Replacing a single missing tooth with a dental implant is a conservative treatment. A single implant is very similar to your own natural tooth root, which means it is not necessary to drill adjacent teeth to create a bridgework support as would be traditionally done. If you feel that your smile is unaffected by the tooth loss, the reasons for filling a gap go beyond cosmetic ones. A missing tooth left untreated can have negative effects on your dental health over time and a replacement may become more challenging. A missing tooth can have a measurable impact on your life. Whether you start feeling self-conscious about your teeth and start to miss your favorite foods which become uncomfortable to eat, or you begin experiencing physical effects like muscle strains and headaches, it can be surprising how big a different missing one small tooth can make.
The loss of a tooth could be caused by many different reasons: tooth decay, infection, gum disease, trauma, or removal of an impacted tooth. A single dental implant is the most functional secure replacement for a missing tooth, allowing you to eat, smile and laugh with confidence. A single titanium implant is placed into the jaw, which functions as the replacement root. It’s a straightforward process which can be completed under local anesthetic. The implant will need three months to heal and integrate with your jaw bone to provide a solid support for your replacement tooth.
A temporary crown is usually fitted at the same time as your implant placement, which will stay in place until the final restoration appointment. Once your implant has integrated, an abutment will be fixed to the implant to hold your replacement tooth (crown) in place. Abutments are produced in titanium, gold or porcelain, and can come as a standard fit or custom fabricated specifically for your case. These options offer a range of outstanding esthetic results, depending on your requirements. A crown is then fitted on top, to replace your missing tooth.