Single Tooth Implant
If you’ve lost a tooth recently, you aren’t the only one. 120 million people have lost at least one tooth. 30 million people have lost all of their teeth. Depending on where your missing tooth is, losing it can be a challenge. You may not want to smile if it is in the front of your mouth. You could also have difficulty chewing. You might notice that your bite has shifted because your remaining teeth are trying to fill the hole left by your missing tooth. While losing a tooth may seem like a big deal, it doesn’t have to be. Let Middle Creek Dental help you get your tooth back with a single tooth implant procedure.
Why Should You Replace A Single Tooth?
There are many people walking around that are missing one of their teeth. If it is one of their back teeth, it isn’t a big deal. In fact, most researchers say that your wisdom teeth really aren’t necessary. Our mouths have evolved over the last few thousand years, and we no longer need a third set of molars to help us process food. If your missing tooth is not a wisdom tooth, you may have more problems than you anticipated. You might not be able to chew or bite down correctly. If you do bite down, it may hurt if your teeth shift. Worst of all, you might lose bone mass in your jaw because your body may think you don’t need the bone mass and may shift bone to other areas of your body. This loss of jawbone might change how strong your jaw is, and how it looks. Your facial shape could also change.
How Will a Dental Implant Help?
Nothing can replace your natural teeth, we know that. But a single tooth implant comes closer than anything else to replacing your natural tooth. Implants are prosthetic teeth that are attached to a special kind of titanium dental post. These dental posts act just like your tooth root after we place it directly into your jawbone. We place a prosthetic tooth on top of the post. Your body believes that the implant is your actual tooth and acts accordingly so you don’t lose bone mass.
The implant procedure sounds complicated, but the procedure is simple. We’ll check to make sure your gums are healthy. We will also check your bones, to make sure that your mouth and your jawbone can support an implant. After we check this, it is simply a matter of scheduling the procedure, and making sure you’re prepared.
Do you have questions about an implant? We have answers. Give Middle Creek Dental, a call at (208) 505-9975 and let us talk with you about single tooth dental implants.