Single Tooth Implants – Dallas, TX
The Best Way to Fill in the Gap
If you’re missing just one tooth, you may not be in any hurry to replace it. After all, you can still eat relatively comfortably, and you might not even be concerned with aesthetics. But filling in that little gap is important! As you’ll learn on this page, even a single missing tooth can have dire consequences for your oral health. We’ll also discuss why a dental implant is the best way to prevent such problems and keep your smile looking and functioning its best.
The Importance of Single Tooth Replacement
If you choose not to replace your missing tooth, you may suffer from any (or all) of the following problems:
- Each tooth serves as a placeholder for the teeth around it. When one tooth goes missing, the ones next to it may begin to drift into the empty space, leading to misalignment and bite problems.
- Bone deterioration. Once your jaw no longer has a tooth to support, your body begins to resorb the bone that once held it in place.
- If a bottom tooth goes missing, the one directly above it may extend too far out of the gum line and eventually fall out.
How a Single Tooth Implant Protects Your Oral Health
A single tooth dental implant is a small titanium cylinder that Dr. Kwon surgically places below the gum line. It bonds with the bone around it, enabling it to serve as a substitute for the root of a missing tooth. After the bone-to-titanium fusion process is complete, we place a beautiful, custom-made crown on top of the implant to replace the visible portion of the missing tooth.
This treatment offers a number of advantages over a traditional fixed bridge:
- Although a fixed bridge can provide sturdy, reliable tooth replacement, it is not nearly as strong as a dental implant.
- Placing a fixed bridge requires that the dentist modifies the teeth next to the gap, filing away a significant amount of enamel. This step isn’t necessary with a dental implant; your remaining natural teeth can stay as healthy and whole as possible.
- A fixed bridge does not replace the root of a missing tooth, and it therefore does nothing to promote jawbone health. Because an implant bonds with the bone, it helps to prevent resorption.
- Whereas a fixed bridge may last for 10 – 15 years, an implant has the potential to last a lifetime.
Caring for Your Implant
One of the best things about a dental implant is the easy maintenance. In fact, caring for a single tooth implant simply requires that you stick to an excellent oral hygiene routine, visit your dentist for routine checkups, and avoid risky behaviors (like playing sports without a mouthguard). Keeping the area around the gum line clean is especially important because you don’t want bacteria to infect the tissue that surrounds the implant.
Problems with dental implants are rare, but if yours ever feels loose, or if you notice that the gums around it are red or swollen, you should schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible.
Would you like to learn more about how an implant can recomplete your smile? Contact Dallas Dental Implant Center today.