Single Tooth Dental Implant
Effects of Tooth LossLosing a tooth can have several significant effects on not only your mouth but your quality of life as well. Effects of tooth loss include:
What is a Dental Implant?A dental implant is a modern-day option for replacing missing teeth. It is a treatment that uses a titanium post to provide support for a replacement crown. The post is surgically implanted into your jaw. During the recovery process, your bone fuses to the post in a natural process called osseointegration. This process stabilizes the post in your jaw, turning it into a strong, secure replacement root.
Replacing Your Missing ToothPlacing a dental implant requires a surgical procedure. Before undergoing surgery, we first take a CBCT scan, which will help us to take an in-depth look at your jawbone to determine optimal implant placement. The scan will also show us the need for a bone graft.
The implant procedure is typically done under a local anesthetic. Sedation can also be provided for patients who are anxious, fearful or have trouble relaxing or sitting still. We begin with an incision in your gums to provide us with access to your jawbone. A hole is drilled into the bone, and the implant post is placed directly inside. Your gums are sutured closed around the post. A temporary, or provisional, tooth is placed and remains in place until you have healed.
Once you have fully healed from implant surgery, a process that can take several months, the process for placing your final restoration begins. First, the temporary tooth is taken off and an abutment, or connector, is placed on the implant post. We then take an impression of your mouth. The impression is sent to our dental lab, where it is used to bring your permanent dental restoration to life. Once it is complete, we check it for fit and bite. If no adjustments are necessary, the tooth is screwed into place.
The Benefits of Single Tooth ImplantsSingle tooth implants provide several significant benefits.
Losing a tooth out of sight when you smile might not seem like a big deal at the time, but it can have several significant effects. If you are interested in learning more about single tooth implants to replace your missing teeth and are ready to schedule your consultation, call High Plains Periodontics & Implant Dentistry at 806-686-4366 today.