A gap in your smile can be charming, but if that gap is an entire missing tooth you run the risk of compromising the oral health of your entire mouth. A missing tooth isn’t just inconvenient, it can cause problems for the rest of your mouth.
Losing just one tooth can increase the risk of your other teeth decaying and shifting. One of the best solutions for a missing tooth is a single tooth implant replacement.
What Is a Single Tooth Implant Replacement?
A single tooth implant is one implant that fully replaces a missing tooth. A titanium post is attached to your jawbone to mimic a natural tooth’s root. A dental crown, which is the artificial tooth, is then attached to the post. Getting a single tooth implant replacement usually requires multiple visits over the course of a few months.
Is Single Tooth Implant Replacement Painful?
Before undergoing a single tooth implant replacement, the area will be thoroughly numbed to prevent any pain. You may feel pressure in the numbed area, as is common with many dental procedures, but at Mountain Springs Dental we take great care to give our patients a comfortable experience.
Once the post and crown have been placed in your mouth, and you have recovered from the procedure, your replacement tooth will feel just like the rest of your teeth. You won’t experience any particular pain or sensitivity due to the artificial tooth.
If you experience fear or anxiety before a dental procedure, you are not alone! We understand that visiting the dentist can be stressful for many so our staff has been trained to ensure that your visit is as worry-free as possible.
Benefits of Single Tooth Implants
Filling a gap in your smile can improve your smile, your confidence and your ability to chew, but a single tooth implant replacement procedure has other benefits including:
Protects Other Teeth and Jawbone
Single tooth implant replacements are so similar to your natural tooth that your mouth can’t tell the difference. Other tooth replacement procedures like dentures or dental bridges can cause harm to surrounding teeth and the integrity of your jawbone.
The single tooth implant is attached directly to bone, so you don’t have to worry about the deterioration of your jaw or the tooth putting pressure on surrounding teeth. Single tooth implants are the only tooth replacement procedure that maintains bone density and stimulates bone growth.
Single tooth implants are the most natural looking tooth replacement option on the market. We can make adjustments to the crown itself to match the surrounding teeth so that no one will be able to identify the fake tooth—not even you! These implants look so natural they can even be used for visible teeth, like your canines or incisors.
Losing a tooth as an adult can be a stressful experience. Once you have determined you need a replacement, you want something that will last. Single tooth implants are a great option that can stand up to daily wear and tear.
The titanium post piece of your implant can last a lifetime, while the crown attached to the post may need to be replaced every ten to fifteen years. You can support the longevity of your single tooth implant by practicing good oral hygiene at home and having regular dental checkups twice a year.
Find Out if Dental Implants Are Right for You
Call our Mountain Springs Dental office today to learn more about single tooth implant replacement. Our staff can help you determine if this procedure is right for you. We’re excited to help you fill any gaps in your smile and promote better overall oral health!