|Single Tooth Replacement with Implant
Dental implants are one of the most effective treatments for replacing a missing or lost tooth. When an individual loses a tooth, it can diminish their confidence and lead to other issues, such as difficulty in chewing food and poor dental hygiene. Moreover, it can also affect the other healthy teeth in your oral cavity and lead to the shifting of adjacent teeth over time. Furthermore, it can also contribute to bone loss.
Dental implants offer the solution to all of these problems. If you are missing a tooth, our dentist will likely recommend a single tooth replacement with a dental implant.
Benefits of Single Tooth Replacement with Implant
The procedure brings in several benefits, which include the following:
A Long-Term Solution
Unlike other treatments for tooth loss, such as dental bridges, single tooth replacement with an implant is a long-term solution. With a success rate of 97%, it is one of the most effective tooth-replacement options.
Preservation of Surrounding Teeth and Jaw Bone
When you lose a tooth, over time, it can lead to the shifting of adjacent teeth, eventually complicating all of the problems in your oral cavity. But when you opt for a single tooth replacement with an implant, you can preserve all of the other teeth in your oral cavity. Moreover, you also preserve your jaw bone, and loss of the tooth can also lead to loss of jaw bone.
Ease of Care
Another benefit of single tooth replacement with an implant is that dental implants work similarly to natural teeth. Hence, maintaining dental implants does not require any additional effort. All you need to do is maintain good oral hygiene practices and take care of your dental implant the same way you take care of your natural teeth.
Single Tooth Replacement with Implant – Procedure
Now that you already know the benefits of dental implants, let's look at what to expect during the procedure. When you work with the dental implant team at Palo Alto Oral Health, we ensure that you are fully comfortable and completely understand each step of the procedure before we get started. Here is what to expect during a single tooth replacement with an implant procedure.
Consultation and Planning
If you are missing a single tooth, you will have to meet a team of dental experts. Each tooth is different, and depending upon the position and type of tooth you are missing, the team will devise a plan accordingly. Moreover, our dentist will also ensure that you have a healthy jaw bone that can support a dental implant.
Placement of Implant
Following the consultation and planning, our dentist will schedule an appointment with you for your implant placement. Usually, a single tooth replacement with an implant is a minor procedure that only requires local anesthesia. Our dentist will implant the titanium fixture in the jaw bone and let it heal and integrate with the surrounding tissue.
Placement of Abutment and Crown
It takes between six weeks to six months for your dental implant to heal completely. Following the healing and complete integration of your dental implant in your jaw bone, our dentist will place the crown. You can expect several visits to the dental office to ensure that your implant is healing appropriately. Moreover, you will also have to see the dentist often following the implant.
To find out more about how we deal with single tooth replacement with implants, call now at (650) 321-9693 and schedule an appointment.