For people, one missing tooth can easily turn into several if not care for over time so if you have one, you have to fix it now. Getting a single tooth replacement is the best choice compared to a bridge – or even doing nothing – because you will be able to get an dental implant that replicates your natural tooth and you won’t have to worry about the deterioration of your jawbone underneath.
How is the Implant Placed?
Compared to implants for multiple teeth, a single tooth replacement is quick and less worrisome as there is only one main area for your dentist to worry about. First, you’ll need to go through an operation so the implant post can be placed into the area where your real tooth is missing. Over the next few months (up to six), the implant and jawbone work together to form a bond strong enough to hold the post in place. In the meantime, your dentist should provide you with a temporary tooth to wear over the implant site.
Once the healing stage is finished and your dentist has given you an extension if needed, your replacement tooth can be put on the implant post and you’ll be able to see differences immediately. Just as post-care is important with a set of implants, a single implant will have to be watched to ensure that the tooth becomes healthy and completely bonds with the jawbone so there aren’t future issues.
Once the healing stage is finished and your dentist has given you an extension if needed, your replacement tooth can be put on the implant post and you’ll be able to see differences immediately.
Just as post-care is important with a set of implants, a single implant will have to be watched to ensure that the tooth becomes healthy and completely bonds with the jawbone so there aren’t future issues.
Benefits of Replacing a Single Tooth with an Implant
- A bridge is the other option for a single missing tooth besides an implant. Going the implant route is better for aesthetics as it’s easier to keep clean and aren’t as conspicuous as a bridge. Over time with a bridge, the surrounding gums may recede, which will eventually show the metal base of the appliance and can be noticeable to others. With the implant, you’re promised a result that is just like your natural teeth.
- By choosing an implant, you’re replacing the root of the tooth and further preserving the bone underneath. It works with the bone to create a structure that is biologically nature and made to survive. A bridge can actually deteriorate surrounding bone as it does nothing to help supplement the missing tooth besides creating a façade. We’ve had patients complain about this that over time, their bridge just didn’t have the same results as it did when they first got it and we tell them every time: it’s probably time to think about an implant.
- A single tooth replacement is a very simple procedure that won’t affect your other teeth. Because the bridge can eventually break down the jawbone, your other teeth can be at risk over time but once an implant is put in and bonded, there won’t be any further damage.
We have perfected our implant method to where the entire process can be finished in one day because we know how irritating missing teeth can be, and how nerve-wracking operations are. Before it turns into a bigger issue, call us today at (954) 686-5729 to schedule an appointment. Our dentist will work with you to provide the best possible tooth replacement option for you!