What You Should Know about Single Tooth Dental Implants
If you are looking to replace a single missing tooth, a dental implant is definitely your best replacement option. The look and feel of a dental implant fitted with a crown closely mimics that of a natural tooth. And because dental implants are embedded deep into your jawbone, they keep the jawbone stimulated and prevent the bone loss that would otherwise occur with a missing tooth. In order to place a dental implant, surgery is required.
You will likely have a consultation before the placement surgery. Your oral health and overall health will be evaluated at this time. Certain conditions like gum disease and diabetes may prevent you from being able to receive an implant. Your jawbone will be checked to make sure that it has enough strength and density to be able to support an implant. If it does not, bone graft surgery will first be required in order to build your bone back up to a sufficient level of strength.
During the placement surgery, the surgeon will first make an incision in the gumline at the point where the missing tooth was located. After the bone has been exposed, the surgeon will drill a hole into it. The metal post of the dental implant will then be placed into the hole and your gums will be closed back up. It can take several months to heal from this procedure. If an abutment was not already attached to the implant, an additional surgery will need to be done once you heal so that the abutment can be attached. If the abutment was already attached, no additional surgery is required. Either way, once you fully heal from the placement of the implant, it will be fit with a crown.
If you are looking to replace a single missing tooth, contact our expert in single tooth implants to schedule a consultation.
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