Most people will experience tooth loss at some point in their life. Whether it is from trauma or disease, you will probably lose at least one tooth eventually. However, even loosing one single tooth is a big deal. That’s why we provide single dental implants and other missing tooth replacement options.
Loosing a tooth can lead to oral health concerns and an unsightly gap in your smile. That void in your smile can lead to gradual bone weakening and bone loss in the jaw. It will also cause your teeth to shift, which can cause bite issues and an increased risk of gum disease.
Dr. Durning Moore, your dentist in Charlotte, NC near you, has advanced training in replacing missing teeth. Charlotte Center for Complete Dentistry offers dental implants for the replacement of a single tooth. A single dental implant is a permanent solution and also the most natural one. For example, when comparing it to traditional fixed bridges and one tooth dentures.
What is a Single Tooth Dental Implant
A single tooth implant consists of just one dental implant that we surgically place in the jaw bone at the location of the missing tooth. An implant is a screw-like post that will eventually fuse with the surrounding bone. Thus creating a stable and durable base for your false tooth.
We will attach an abutment, or a small fixture, to the implant post to support the restoration; usually a dental crown. However, we must wait for about 3 to 6 months before we can attach it to the implant. We wait this long because we need time for your jaw to heal over the implant post first.
The Benefits of Choosing a Single Tooth Implant
An implant supported dental crown is the number one solution available and offers the most natural results. It will better preserve the jaw bone to prevent bone loss. It will also prevent unwanted shifting of the surrounding teeth. Your crown will look, feel and function just like your natural teeth. Furthermore, we will make sure that it blends in naturally with your surrounding teeth.
Implant supported crowns are easy to care for. You simply brush and floss as you normally would on a daily basis. Regular checkups at our Charlotte, NC dental office will help you maintain proper oral health and guarantee the longevity of your dental implant.
Single Dental Implant FAQs
Can 1 dental implant replace 2 lost teeth?
In rare cases, yes we can use 1 implant to replace 2 teeth. In most cases each tooth requires 1 dental implant. It is unusual to replace multiple teeth with a single dental implant.
What is more painful tooth extraction or implant?
When getting an implant most patients report little or no pain throughout the procedure. We use local anesthesia so that the patient does not feel any pain. Most patients report their pain after a tooth extraction to be higher than after an implant.
Can a single dental implant match their set of the teeth surrounding them?
Yes, we can color-match dental implants to the teeth surrounding it. However, make sure you are happy with the color of your surrounding teeth before getting an implant. If you whiten your teeth, or have professional whitening treatment, it will not whiten your artificial tooth.
Alternative Missing Teeth Treatment Options
Other options to replace your tooth include a dental bridge or a one tooth denture. A dental bridge requires you to sacrifice the health of your surrounding teeth to have it properly attached. The two adjacent teeth will need to be ground-down to accommodate the bridge. This will also add a significant amount of pressure to them. A single tooth implant does not involve utilizing your adjacent, healthy teeth in any way.
A one tooth partial denture sometimes requires metal clasps that are very noticeable while smiling or talking. They are typically not very natural looking and are not very durable. This will limit the types of food you are able to chew. This solution is usually a temporarily one, until the patient is able to get a fixed bridge or implant. A single tooth implant is a much more reliable and natural looking solution.
Both of these alternative options will not stop the jaw bone from deteriorating. This means that they will need periodic adjustments or replacement.
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