Almost everyone will lose at least one adult tooth by the time they are a senior. Many might think that this is only a cosmetic issue, but failing to replace a missing or extracted tooth can result in a myriad of other issues. For patients who have recently lost a tooth or will need to have a tooth extracted in the near future, single-tooth dental implants are one of the most effective and safe options for restoring your smile.

    Your Mouth After Losing a Tooth

    Our teeth serve a number of important roles beyond helping us eat and speak. The roots of our teeth go deep into our jaws and skulls in order to stimulate the bone. When they are no longer there, the bone will not be stimulated and will eventually become weakened. Those with one or more missing teeth are also at a much higher risk of developing facial deformities, gum disease, malocclusion and even tooth decay. Removable devices such as dentures can help with a few of these issues, but they are not always enough.

    What are Dental Implants?

    Dental implants are one of the newest and most popular long-term treatments for tooth loss. An implant is a titanium screw anchored into the jaw or skull in the space left by the missing tooth. Attached to the top of the screw is a small device that acts as an anchor for the replacement teeth/teeth. Then, crowns or bridges are made custom for the space, designed to perfectly match the shade and shape of the surrounding natural teeth.

    Single-Tooth Dental Implants

    One of the reasons single-tooth dental implants are so successful is because the screening process is exceptionally thorough. Our team will review your medical history and carefully discern that there are no serious oral health issues developing.

    The Procedure and Results

    The procedure for a single-tooth dental implant can generally be carried out in around an hour (if no other procedures take place). During the procedure, the implant is skillfully anchored into the bone. Once the mouth has healed and the bone has attached to the implant, the crown is attached to complete the patient’s smile.

    With the correct aftercare, the implant itself should last for the patient’s entire life. The crown may last for 15-20 years or longer. (Longer for patients who do not clench or grind their teeth). Thanks to single-tooth dental implants, patients can speak with confidence and enjoy all of their favorite foods.

    If you are missing a tooth, consider a single-tooth replacement procedure at the Dental Implant Center. Contact us today or call us at 214-956-9100 to schedule a complimentary consultation to learn more.