Single Tooth Implants
When you lose a single tooth, it might not seem all that important, especially if you cannot see the tooth when you smile. However, even the loss of a single tooth can significantly impact just about every aspect of your life. Encino Cosmetic Dentistry can replace your missing tooth with a single tooth implant.
Tooth Replacement with an ImplantA dental implant is a solution for tooth loss. This treatment uses a small titanium post to provide support for a ceramic crown. The post is surgically placed into your jawbone. Your bone then gradually fuses to the post in a process called osseointegration. This process integrates the post into your jaw, turning it into a secure replacement root that holds your new tooth in place, providing it with stability and allowing it to function exactly like your natural teeth.
Placing Your ImplantThe process for placing a single tooth implant involves surgery. Before undergoing surgery, an initial consultation is needed to determine your candidacy. We closely examine your mouth, checking for signs of cavities and periodontal disease. X-rays allow us to examine your bone to determine if you will need a bone graft before your implant is placed. We also go over your medical history and lifestyle habits.
Surgery begins with a small incision in your gum tissue, which provides us with access to your jawbone. Next, a hole is drilled into your bone, and the implant post is placed inside. Your gums are sutured closed, and a temporary tooth is placed on the post.
The recovery from implant surgery can take up to several weeks. As you heal, your bone gradually fuses to the post, integrating into your jaw. We closely monitor your progress to ensure the bone is fusing properly and that there are no complications. After you have fully healed from implant surgery, we remove the temporary tooth and place the abutment or connector. We then take an impression of your mouth, which is used to design and fabricate your final replacement tooth. Once that tooth is ready, it is secured into place on the implant posts with a small screw.
Benefits of an Implant for Single Tooth ReplacementA single tooth implant provides many benefits.
Just because you cannot see a missing tooth, this does not mean that it can be ignored. Ignoring even a single missing tooth can have serious consequences. A single tooth implant replaces the missing tooth, restoring all of its functions, including the stimulation of your jawbone. If you have lost a single tooth, call Encino Cosmetic Dentistry at (818) 783-0408 to find out if a single tooth implant is right for you.