Single Tooth Implant
Losing a single tooth often does not seem like a big deal, particularly when that tooth is out of view when you smile. While a tooth lost at the back of your mouth might not impact the quality of your smile, it can have several other significant effects that can impact your entire quality of life. At Optimum Oral Surgery Group, we can provide a replacement for a single missing tooth with a dental implant.
Effects of Tooth Loss
Losing even just one tooth can have a significant impact on your entire life. Common effects of losing a tooth include:
Dental Implants for Tooth Replacement
While a more modern treatment for replacing missing teeth, dental implants have quickly become the most popular. Unlike traditional options, implants use small titanium posts to support your new teeth. The posts are surgically implanted into your jaw. As you heal, the bone fuses to the posts. This process, called osseointegration, stabilizes the posts and turns them into artificial roots that provide secure support for your teeth.
Placing Your Dental Implant
Getting your dental implant requires surgery, which is done under a local anesthetic and sedation. We begin by making an incision in your gums. This incision provides us with access to your jawbone. A specialized tool is then used to drill a hole into the bone, and the titanium post is immediately placed inside. Finally, your gums are sutured closed around the post, and a temporary tooth is placed. Healing after implant surgery can take several weeks, during which osseointegration takes place. Once you have fully healed from surgery, we begin the process of placing your final restoration. After removing the temporary tooth, an abutment is placed and an impression is taken. The impression is used by our lab to design and fabricate your new tooth. Once it is ready, the tooth is secured into place with a small screw.
The Benefits of a Dental Implant
A single tooth implant provides several significant benefits. These include:
No matter what the location of your missing tooth, it is essential that you have it replaced right away. To find out if a dental implant is the right solution for your tooth loss needs, call Optimum Oral Surgery Group at (856)778-8686 to schedule your consultation today.