Replacing a missing tooth is key to your oral and overall health. Most adults will lose a tooth through either trauma, neglect or aging. Without a tooth, your jaw and surrounding teeth don’t function as well or may shift. Without proper alignment, the remaining teeth are more likely to develop decay. Gum disease is more likely if you don’t replace the missing tooth.
Dr. Miyamoto and Dr. Lang can replace your missing tooth with a single dental implant solution. They can restore your tooth to it’s natural-looking appearance and function.
Benefits of Single Tooth Implants
Losing a single tooth obviously creates a gap in your mouth, but it also leads to adjacent teeth shifting and affects the structural integrity of your jaw and bones. That can lead to wrinkles, aging and further problems down the road. So, what are your options when you lose a single tooth? A conventional bridge is a popular and affordable solution, but the process involves reshaping adjacent teeth to hold the bridge. Single tooth implants, however, are the ultimate single-tooth replacement option.
Single tooth implants:
- Look and feel like your natural tooth
- Replace your tooth’s root, preserving the bone in your jaw
- Can be easier to clean than a bridge
- Prevent shifting in teeth
Single tooth implants have even more benefits, one of which is the fairly easy procedure.
How Single Tooth Implants Work
The single tooth implant process can be broken down to four basics steps. Here is a breakdown of how single tooth implants work, from the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID):
- Consultation and planning, including initial exam, imaging of your teeth and their surrounding area, questions about your dental and medical history, and discussion of your treatment options.
- Placement of the dental implant, a substitute for the missing natural tooth root, either with or without a built-in abutment (a connector placed on, or built into, the top of the implant) that will attach to the replacement tooth. A temporary tooth can be placed while the dental implant integrates with your natural bone to form a strong foundation for your replacement tooth. Most people return to work the next day.
- Placement of the abutment, if one wasn’t placed during the prior visit.
- Placement of a custom-made crown, or replacement tooth.
If you’d like to know more about single tooth implants, schedule a consultation with us today!
Our office now offers metal-free white ceramic dental implants too.
Dr. Miyamoto and Dr. Lang offer dental implant solutions in Omaha, Lake Vista and surrounding areas.