When you’re missing a tooth, there are many methods to replace it. At our office, we recommend a single dental implant for one missing tooth. Dr. David Weinstock, a dentist in Bala Cynwyd, PA, describes the process and benefits of getting a single dental implant.
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is made up of three separate parts. First, a titanium implant post is a part that’s actually placed in your jawbone. Next, a piece called an abutment is attached to connect the implant post with the final dental restoration. For a single dental implant, the final restoration is a dental crown that’s custom-made to blend in with the rest of your smile.
The Benefits of Choosing a Dental Implant
Dental implants replace the root of the tooth instead of just the crown. When you have a missing tooth, the jawbone starts to deteriorate. Without replacing the tooth root, this continues to happen over time, causing problems with the teeth around the missing one.
Since an implant replaces the tooth root, it stops this process from continuing. It can even help to reverse the deterioration that’s already been done. With the implant being placed in your jawbone, it stimulates bone regeneration. The jawbone fuses with the implant post, helping to reverse the look of a sagging face.
Dental implants are also the most stable form of tooth replacement. You don’t have to worry about your restoration slipping or falling out. No changes need to be made to your diet and you’ll have 100% of your bite function back. With a dental crown, you also have a restoration that’s going to both look and feel like your natural tooth.
The Dental Implants Process
The process of getting dental implants requires a few visits to your Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania dentist. First, Dr. Weinstock will perform an evaluation to make sure you’re eligible for a single dental implant. Implants do require a certain amount of healthy bone tissue to make sure that the implant will be successful.
If you’re a good candidate, the first step is to surgically place the implant. You’ll get a temporary restoration so that you’re able to eat comfortably as your implant post heals. This process takes around 3-6 months most commonly. It’s essential that it heals thoroughly. The healing process is what gives implants the stability they’re known for.
Once the implant post is healed, a piece called an abutment will be attached to the post to hold a dental crown. The dental crown is fabricated to match the shape and size of your other teeth. It’ll be color-matched to your smile to blend in seamlessly. As long as you brush, floss, and visit your dentist regularly, a dental implant can last for years to come!