Why Replace a Single Missing Tooth
Even just one missing tooth can lead to oral health issues and will compromise the appearance of your smile. These oral health issues include prolonged bad breath, the development of tooth decay and gum disease, and teeth shifting towards the gap. Teeth that shift are a major complication that can lead to painful TMJ issues. The sooner you seek treatment for your missing tooth, the less chance you have of developing complications.
Dental implants are the most natural solution to tooth loss. It is the only replacement option that replaces the tooth at the root to prevent bone loss. Montclair Plaza Dental Group located in Montclair, CA offers full, in-house dental implant services. Our dental team possesses the experience, talent and technology needed to restore dental health when a single tooth is lost.
Different Parts of a Dental Implant
A dental implant is a metal, screw-like post that is surgically placed in the jaw where the missing tooth was located. This fixture will act as the missing tooth’s root which will prevent bone loss in the jaw. Implants come in a variety of shapes and sizes to properly support the size of tooth being replaced.
The abutment is the next part to be connected. It will be attached to the implant fixture during a minor procedure that only requires a local anesthetic. The purpose of this piece is to support the dental crown.
The prosthesis used to replace one tooth is a dental crown. This is the part of the implant that will mimic a natural tooth. Dental crowns can be personalized to fit perfectly in the mouth and blend in naturally with the surrounding teeth. At the last visit to our Montclair, CA dental practice, one of our talented dentists will attach the tooth crown to the upper part of the abutment.
Single Dental Implant Process
At your consultation, your dentist will examine your mouth and teeth as well as review your medical history. If you suffer from gum disease or require an extraction, they will need to be addressed first.
The first step is to have the dental implant placed in the jaw bone at the void. This is done during a surgical procedure. In most cases, your Montclair Plaza dentist can place the implant post from the comforts of our office.
The implant requires three to six months to heal and fully integrate with the surrounding bone. The next step is to have the abutment attached. Your dentist will open up your gums and secure the abutment to the implant. After another two weeks of healing, the dental crown will be attached.
Schedule a Consultation Today
Call our Montclair, CA dentist office today to learn more about single dental implants. At your appointment, we will determine if you qualify for an implant secured dental crown. You will get a chance to ask questions and discuss the financial side of teeth implants. To request an appointment, call our Montclair, CA dentist office at 909-920-0696 or request a consultation using our convenient online form.