If you are missing a single tooth, and it is affecting your speech and bite, your implant dentist in Chesapeake VA will recommend an implant-secured dental crown to replace it. Just one missing tooth can compromise your smile, as well as cause some oral health issues. The surrounding teeth will begin to shift and this will lead to many bite problems. When your lower jaw and upper jaw do not connect properly, the result is a strain on your jaw joints leading to TMJ disorders. Failing to replace your missing tooth can also lead to gum disease, tooth decay and further tooth loss.
Why Choose a Single Dental Implant for a Missing Tooth?
There are many options available to replace a missing tooth, but a dental implant is the most natural looking and functioning replacement option. An advantage to choosing an implant is that the titanium post will fuse naturally with your jaw bone. This screw-like post actually replaces the tooth root which helps to prevent bone loss in your jaw, promoting your long term oral health. This also creates a stable and lasting bite. Bone loss in your jaw will also compromise your facial structure making your face appear older and sunken in. A dental implant allows patients to enjoy a diet without restriction and can help patients feel more confident in their smile.
Dental Implant Secured Dental Crown
In the past, if you had lost a tooth, your dentist would have recommended a dental bridge. This involves grinding down the two adjacent teeth to accommodate dental crowns then using them to anchor the dental bridge. With advances in technology, Chesapeake, VA dentist, Dr. Cranham now offers a dental implant that will secure a new dental crown. If you are missing teeth that are not consecutive due to trauma or gum disease, we recommend replacing each missing tooth with an implant secured dental crown. This will involve an implant being surgically placed in each root canal and then a dental crown being attached to the implant.
The Dental Implant Process
The first step in the process is a surgical procedure that involves placing a small implant post into your jawbone to serve as the tooth root substitute and provide a stable anchor for the dental crown. The implant sits beneath the surface of the gums while it gradually fuses with the surrounding jawbone. This process, known as osseointegration, takes about three to six months.
Once your jaw fuses with the post, the implant will be uncovered and a small healing collar will be attached to your implant. Then, Dr. Cranham will begin making your new dental crown. He’ll take a dental impression and attach an abutment to the implant to secure your crown. The entire dental implant process usually takes six to eight months, and most patients don’t experience a disruption to their daily lives.