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Single Tooth Replacement With Implants


Losing a single tooth often does not seem like a big deal, particularly when that tooth is out of view when you smile. While a tooth lost at the back of your mouth might not impact the quality of your smile, it can have several other significant effects that can impact your entire quality of life. At Optimum Oral Surgery Group, we can provide a replacement for a single missing tooth with a dental implant.

Effects of Tooth Loss


Losing even just one tooth can have a significant impact on your entire life. Common effects of losing a tooth include:
•  A decrease in the quality of your smile. If the tooth is lost at the front of your mouth, it impacts your smile, which can affect your confidence.
•  Difficulty eating. Biting and chewing become more challenging. This can impact your digestion and nutrition.
•  Trouble speaking. Losing a tooth can lead to a lisp.
•  An increased risk of tooth decay and gum disease.
•  An increased risk of tooth damage. This can occur as a result of uneven bite pressure.
•  Bone loss in your jaw. Losing even just one tooth leads to a reduction in the stimulation of your jaw. This loss of stimulation results in fewer nutrients being sent, leading to the bone becoming weak.

Dental Implants for Tooth Replacement


While a more modern treatment for replacing missing teeth, dental implants have quickly become the most popular. Unlike traditional options, implants use small titanium posts to support your new teeth. The posts are surgically implanted into your jaw. As you heal, the bone fuses to the posts. This process, called osseointegration, stabilizes the posts and turns them into artificial roots that provide secure support for your teeth.

Placing Your Dental Implant


Getting your dental implant requires surgery, which is done under a local anesthetic and sedation. We begin by making an incision in your gums. This incision provides us with access to your jawbone. A specialized tool is then used to drill a hole into the bone, and the titanium post is immediately placed inside. Finally, your gums are sutured closed around the post, and a temporary tooth is placed. Healing after implant surgery can take several weeks, during which osseointegration takes place. Once you have fully healed from surgery, we begin the process of placing your final restoration. After removing the temporary tooth, an abutment is placed and an impression is taken. The impression is used by our lab to design and fabricate your new tooth. Once it is ready, the tooth is secured into place with a small screw.

The Benefits of a Dental Implant


A single tooth implant provides several significant benefits. These include:
•  Restoring the quality of your smile as well as your confidence.
•  Restoring normal functions. You can eat and speak properly again.
•  Comfort. Your replacement tooth is supported by the titanium post in your jaw instead of your adjacent teeth.
•  Your adjacent teeth do not need to be altered in any way, unlike placing a traditional fixed bridge.
•  You can brush and floss your implant just like the rest of your teeth.
•  The post restores stimulation to your jawbone, which helps to stop and prevent bone loss in your jaw.

No matter what the location of your missing tooth, it is essential that you have it replaced right away. To find out if a dental implant is the right solution for your tooth loss needs, call Optimum Oral Surgery Group at (856) 778-8686 to schedule your consultation today.

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