When you lose a tooth, it often causes many problems in addition to being embarrassing if you do not replace it. The remaining teeth can shift out of alignment creating bite issues. You will most likely suffer from bone loss which can lead to loose and unstable teeth. Even a single missing tooth makes you more likely to get gum disease or tooth decay.
The best way to replace a tooth is with a dental implant supported crown. Dr. Jason Baldwin provides full services for a single dental implant at his Truckee, CA and Loyalton, CA dentist offices. This option is better than a dental bridge because it does not require harming your remaining teeth and it will look more natural.
You can handle a missing tooth in three ways. Doing nothing is the worst thing you could do. Bone loss in the jaw can occur and your overall oral health will suffer.
A dental bridge is the second choice. A bridge is a dental restoration that is made up of a false tooth (the pontic) and two dental crowns located on each end. These pieces are fused together to create a single prosthesis. It requires two teeth to be permanently reduced in size. Then your dentist will cement the two dental crowns to the prepared teeth. These teeth will also sustain extra stress. However, a dental bridge is more affordable and Dr. Baldwin can complete the treatment in less than a month.
A single dental implant is the third choice. It is better for your oral health and does not involve harming any remaining, healthy teeth.
Single Dental Implant
A single dental implant is the most reliable way to replace a tooth. It provides a permanent solution where the implant fixture can last a lifetime. Dr. Baldwin will surgically insert a metal implant post in to the jaw bone to replace the root structure of the missing tooth. It will also support a custom dental crown.
Once it is in place, you will leave the dental implant to heal for about three to six months. The implant fixture will fully fuse to the bone making it incredibly strong.
Dr. Baldwin will then attach an abutment to the implant. This will connect the dental implant to the dental crown. The dental crown will custom made to blend in with the rest of your teeth.
A single dental implant is the better solution for a missing tooth however it will cost more than a dental bridge. It involves sophisticated materials and at least one surgical procedure. It also takes longer to complete. In total, the whole process should take about five to eight months.
How do I care for my single dental implant?
A dental crown that is supported by an implant is simple to take care of. You can essentially treat it like a natural tooth. It is important to maintain good oral hygiene to keep your gums healthy. You should brush and floss daily and visit your dentist twice a year for a checkup and teeth cleaning. With proper care, your single dental implant should last a lifetime.
Book an Appointment for a Single Dental Implant in Truckee, CA
Schedule an appointment with Dr. Baldwin at his Truckee, CA or Loyalton, CA dentist office today. Here, he will determine if a single dental implant is the right treatment for you. You can reach our office by calling (530) 206-0392 or you can request an appointment online by filling out convenient online form.