As a kid, losing a tooth is exciting. It meant a visit from the tooth fairy and that you were finally getting your adult teeth. As an adult, losing a tooth can be a scary experience. Whether from extreme decay, trauma, or because it was removed to prepare the area for a dental appliance, the loss of a tooth can be troubling.
It is important to fill the space of the missing tooth to maintain proper tooth alignment and to maintain bone density in the jaws. The [[[page:implant can be colored and sized to be inconspicuous when placed in the patient’s mouth. If you feel like a single tooth implant might be a beneficial procedure for you, come by Jon C. Packman DDS to get the discussion started and see how our professionals can be of help.
Who Can Single Tooth Implants Help?
The single tooth implant provides a number of benefits. Not only does it improve the appearance of the patient’s teeth but it provides a benefit to the jaw bone. When a tooth is missing the jaw bone loses the opposing pressure necessary to maintain healthy bone growth. Teeth can also begin to move into the vacated space which will lead to tooth misalignment and possible chewing issues. When the artificial tooth is placed in the patient’s mouth it not only appears like a real tooth, it also feels like one. They can brush and floss it just like their natural teeth.
The Single Tooth Implant Procedure
The single tooth implant process can sometimes take much longer than patients realize. In some cases, it might be a few months before the implant is properly placed. This is because the implant takes time to properly bond with the jawbone of the patient.
Placing a single tooth implant involves multiple stages to be done properly. Initially, the jawbone is exposed by making an incision in the patient’s jawbone and then a small hole is made before the implant is secured to it.
The abutment, which is the part of the implant which secures the crown to the implant embedded in the jawbone is anchored in the second stage. Once the abutment is placed, the final stage can begin. The crown is manufactured in the appropriate size and colored to ensure it blends in with the remaining natural teeth. To the patient it will feel just like it is a natural tooth. They can floss and brush it during their nightly oral hygiene practices. When patients visit our office we will polish, clean, and maintain it as if it were a real tooth.
Whether the space is along the upper or lower teeth, in the front, or in the less noticeable area in the back, a single tooth implant is important to maintain proper tooth and jaw alignment. It can improve chewing motion and help keep the jawbones strong by keeping the natural pressure to all areas.
Anyone considering a single tooth implant should give us a call at Jon C. Packman DDS to discuss the necessary steps. Our phone number is (704) 978-7060. Call us today to schedule your appointment so we can get started.