Most adults start losing teeth by the time they are seniors. Apart from being a cosmetic issue, a missing or extracted tooth involves many other issues. Those who have lost a tooth or need a tooth extraction soon, single-tooth dental implants are a highly effective replacement option.
Your teeth not only help you eat, but also aid speech. The roots of the teeth run deep into the jaws and skull, stimulating the bone. The absence of a tooth results in an absence of this stimulation and eventually, weakening of bone. This is why missing teeth are followed by facial deformities, tooth decay and gum disease.
Dentures may be able to help with some of these problems, but not all.
Dental implants are the most popular tooth loss treatment. A titanium rod is anchored into the jaw in the hole left by the natural tooth. A small device, that acts as a “saddle” for the crown, is attached to the top of the rod. Crowns are customized for the patient such that they perfectly match the other natural teeth.
Single-Tooth Dental Implants
The primary reason for the huge popularity of the single-tooth dental is the exceptionally thorough screening process. Your dentist will go through your medical history and examine your gums to rule out any serious oral health issues.
The single-tooth dental implant procedure can typically be performed in around an hour. The implant is anchored into the bone. Once the bone has attached to the implant, the crown is attached to complete the treatment.
With careful aftercare, the crown may last for 15 years or longer but the rod itself should last for the patient’s entire life.
Single-tooth dental implants enable patients to eat, speak and smile with confidence once again.