Are You Missing a Single Tooth?
Even a single missing tooth can cause complex oral health concerns, as well as overall health issues. It can compromise your remaining teeth and make you feel self-conscious about your smile. From chronic halitosis to an increased risk of developing gum disease, a single missing tooth is both a cosmetic and oral health concern. The sooner you seek treatment for your missing tooth, the more effective and conservative your treatment can be.
A single tooth dental implant is a dental implant that can replace a single missing tooth. Single tooth dental implants can provide support for other teeth on the same arch. It can replace the lost tooth on either the top or bottom jaw. Dr. Doyle Freano offers single dental implants for our patients missing only one tooth in Lexington, KY. His implant treatment is the most natural option to replacing a single missing tooth. Implants can replace a lost tooth due to an accident, tooth decay, or gum disease.
A dental implant for one tooth mimics both the complete structure and function of a natural tooth. Dental implants are the closest thing we have to replicating the feel and look of your real teeth. It helps provide structural AND functional support while enhancing the aesthetics of your smile. Dental implants are an investment in your health, confidence, and overall well-being.
The Single Dental Implant Process
A dental implant is a titanium post that replaces the missing root structure. The process of getting single implants starts with an oral examination and x-rays. Dr. Freano will then determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure. If you are, he will take an impression of your mouth and send it to the dental lab. The lab will turn the impression into a model of your mouth, which they will send back to our dentist for review. Dr. Freano will study the model and make sure that there are no problems with it before creating a treatment plan.
Next, Dr. Freano will remove the damaged tooth from your mouth if it is still there. Then he will surgically plant the implant post into the jaw bone where the tooth was. Over a 3-6 month period, the titanium post will fuse with the natural bone. This will help it support the structure of the jaw and provide a secure base for the attachment of a dental prosthetic.
After your mouth heals, Dr. Freano will then secure a dental crown to the implant post. The custom-designed crown will fit seamlessly with the rest of your teeth. A dental implant provides natural tooth-like results when it replaces a missing tooth. A one tooth dental implant will allow patients to maintain a normal oral hygiene routine and eat and speak with confidence. An implant also provides long-term support of the jaw bone to deter deterioration and recession of the facial structure.
Who Is A Candidate for Dental Implants for One Tooth?
You are a good candidate for dental implants if you have lost one tooth, but your mouth is in overall good health. If you are missing several teeth, however, it is likely that your dentist will suggest full dentures, partial dentures, or dental implant prosthetics. To learn more about dental implants for may teeth, see Dental Implants For Multiple Teeth.
But how do you know if you’re a candidate? Here are some things to consider:
- You need to be in overall good health.
- You must have enough bone in your jaw to support the implant restoration.
- The root structure of your missing tooth needs to be strong enough to hold the implant in place.
- Your teeth must be healthy and not in need of any major work at the time you start this process.
- You could need two or more appointments with your dentist, as well as some work by an oral surgeon.
To discover more about our implant dentistry, see:
- Dental Implants in Lexington, KY
- Dental Implants FAQs
- Dental Implants vs Dentures
- Benefits of Dental Implants
- Dental Implant Process
- The Cost of Dental Implants
Request a Dental Appointment Today
Dr. Freano will be able to recommend the most appropriate treatment option to replace your missing tooth after a comprehensive exam. We will only recommend what best suits your needs and budget. Give our team at Complete Dentistry For All Ages a call at 859-251-3809 today.