Single Tooth Implants
Losing teeth is a big deal. However, many people who lose a single tooth, one that is in the back of the mouth, out of sight from others, may not think so. While a tooth lost at the back of the mouth may not immediately affect your smile, it can over time. It can also cause several other significant complications. At Sunnyside Dentistry, we can replace a single tooth, no matter where it is located, with a single tooth implant.
What Happens When I Lose a Tooth?Losing even a single tooth can have several significant effects on your life.
Dental ImplantsDental implants are a modern-day solution used to replace missing teeth. This treatment uses small titanium posts which are surgically implanted into your jawbone. Your bone fuses to the posts in a process known as osseointegration. This process turns the posts into replacement roots that are then used to hold your replacement teeth securely in place. They can be used to replace any number of missing teeth, including a single tooth.
How is a Dental Implant Placed?Getting your dental implant requires a surgical procedure. The procedure is done under a local anesthetic. Sedation may also be provided to ensure your comfort. The surgery begins with a small incision in your gums, exposing the bone underneath. Next, a hole is drilled into the bone, and the implant post is placed inside. Your gums are sutured closed, and a temporary restoration is placed.
Recovery following surgery can take several weeks. During this time, your bone gradually fuses to the post, stabilizing it within your jaw. Several follow up appointments allow us to monitor your healing. Once you have fully healed, we then begin the process of placing your final restoration. This process requires an additional two appointments. During the first appointment, the temporary tooth is removed and the abutment, or connector, is placed, and an impression of your mouth is taken. The impression is sent to our dental lab to design and fabricate your new crown. At your second appointment, we check the crown for fit and ensure a natural bite. If everything looks and feels good, the crown is screwed into place.
The Benefits of a Dental ImplantReplacing a single tooth with a dental implant provides you with several significant benefits. These include:
If you have suffered the loss of a single tooth, it is important that you seek treatment immediately. With a single tooth implant, we can effectively replace your missing tooth, restoring the functions of the missing tooth and your quality of life. Call Sunnyside Dentistry today at (503) 451-5104 to find out if a single tooth implant is right for you.