Most people will lose one or more teeth by the time they reach their senior years. Some might consider between teeth gaps a cosmetic concern. This is only part of the problem, failing to replace missing teeth can lead to a number of oral health issues. Patients with recent tooth loss or who will soon have a tooth extraction, one of the safest and most effective solutions are single tooth dental implants.
Besides eating and speaking, teeth serve a number of roles. The roots extend deep down into the jaw and stimulate healthy bone. When the root is no longer in place, the bone is no longer actively stimulated and becomes weak. Patients missing a single tooth or several, are at an increased risk for developing tooth decay, malocclusion, gum disease, and facial deformities. Removable dentures or a fixed bridge can help, but they don’t address all issues involved with missing teeth.
Implants are a popular option for long-term tooth replacement. Dental implant treatment starts with a titanium post that gets inserted into the jaw bone. This prosthetic tooth root supports a custom-made dental crown that replaces the missing tooth.
The process of inserting a single-tooth implant can usually be completed in about an hour. During this time, the post is surgically implanted into the bone. Once the treatment area has healed and the bone has fused with the implant, a dental crown is attached to the exposed abutment piece, restoring the patients smile.
With proper aftercare, the titanium post should last for the remainder of a patients’ life. The crown may last for about 15 or more years. Single-tooth implants restore mouth function, self-confidence, and quality of life. Patients can enjoy food again, smile freely and speak without hesitation.
If you are suffering from tooth loss, single-tooth dental implants may help you get your life back. At Brier Creek Family Dentistry we use CEREC technology in Raleigh, NC, in some cases, we can provide same-day dental implants.