Benefits of Getting a Single Dental Implant for Just One Missing Tooth
Posted on 10/5/2020 by Candice
While most people consider getting a dental implant when they are missing multiple teeth, they can be placed for just a single tooth as well. Some might wonder why would someone want to bother going through the entire process for just a single tooth. But they should consider the consequences.
Our biting motion put pressure on both the upper and lower teeth, which in turn cause the gums and the jawbone to work to stay strong and securely hold the patient's teeth. If even just a single tooth is lost and not replaced then that pressure is lost. When it is lost, the jawbone can actually begin to do what is called resorb which essentially breaking down, leading to bone loss in the area where the tooth is missing.
If this happens, then additional procedures need to happen before an implant can be placed. This is because when there is bone loss, the underlying structure is not strong enough to support an implant. It also means there is not enough bone mass to embed the implant into the bone.
Rather than having to deal with bone grafts and other expensive and highly invasive procedures why not get a single implant now? Those take longer to recover from and can be incredibly expensive.
Why Should I get a Single Dental Implant?
Implants are made of the actual implant, which is a screw shaped appliance which is embedded into the jawbone. This forms the foundation of the implant. The titanium abutment is the piece which screws into the implant so it is held securely. The final piece of the implant is the crown which is the visible part of the implant. This is attached to the abutment and colored to properly match the rest of the patient's natural teeth. What questions do you have regarding a single tooth dental implant?
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