Single Tooth Implants
Replacing Missing Teeth with ImplantsThe standard method of replacing missing teeth is done by relying on neighboring teeth to hold it in place. This practice is good for giving you the appearance of a replaced tooth and will increase the lost function, but there is one major flaw. The false tooth is not making contact with the bone, and the bone will begin to atrophy.
Our teeth are part of a structure for a complete system. The tooth has a root that makes contact with the bone. As we apply pressure to our teeth through chewing and speaking, that pressure is transferred through the root and to the jawbone. This is how the bone exercises, and because it is being exercised, the bone stays healthy and robust. Like any bone, when not being exercised, the bone shrinks with atrophy. A false tooth designed to hover over the gum can not make the connection with the bone. Dental implants are the only restoration that is designed to restore the connection between the tooth and bone.
A dental implant does not include the tooth but is the rebuilding of the root. When a tooth is lost, the root is also lost. A dental implant is a metal rod that we surgically place to serve as that middle piece designed to connect the bone and tooth. Once healed, the dental crown is secured in place directly to the implant and bone. It does not rely on neighboring teeth for stability, we do not need to alter neighboring teeth as we would with other options, and the tooth is solidly secure.
Preparation for Implant PlacementBefore placing your implant, there are often some preparatory steps that need to be taken. This often includes: