Single Tooth Implant
A lot of us are missing some parts. In fact, many of our children would argue that we are missing part of our brains- especially our common sense. If you are old enough, you also might be missing some teeth. If you are, you’re in good company. Over 120 million Americans are missing at least one tooth, and 30 million of us are missing all of our teeth. Believe it or not, even one missing tooth can create a problem if that tooth is located in a critical spot. You might be worried how your smile looks with a tooth gap. You may have trouble eating, if the tooth is important for chewing. Your teeth could even shift to take up the space where your tooth used to be. This can affect your bite over time. If you have a missing tooth, it’s time to get it replaced.
Fay Periodontal Associates can help. We can replace your lost tooth with a single tooth implant.
Why Should You Replace A Single Tooth?
If your missing tooth is one of your back wisdom teeth, that is no big deal. Many people don’t have any wisdom teeth at all. Researchers say that wisdom teeth are nonessential, because we no longer need a third set of molars to tear meat or dense vegetables. If you are missing a tooth that is not one of your wisdom teeth, that creates more problems. When you bite down or chew, it might be more difficult. You might also have trouble speaking correctly with a missing tooth, depending on where it is. If your teeth shift to fill the space left by your tooth, that can cause issues with your whole bite. Worst of all, if you don’t get a replacement, you might begin to lose bone mass in your jaw. Over the course of a few years, this loss of bone mass might change how strong your jaw is, or how it looks. Your face shape might change as well.
How Will a Dental Implant Help?
Of course, we know that nothing replaces your natural teeth. We also know that implants are a great substitute, because they represent the closest thing to your natural teeth. Implants screw into your jawbone. The screw of an implant acts like a tooth root, and anchors the prosthetic tooth to your jawbone. Not only does this make your implanted tooth stronger, it also means that your jawbone thinks you have a natural tooth there, which means your jawbone stays intact.
How Is a Tooth Implanted?
While implant surgery sound difficult, the procedure is simple. We have to make sure that your gums are healthy. We also have to make sure that you have bone mass to support an implant. Once we check your mouth, we can start the procedure to make your mouth whole again.
Do you have questions about a tooth implant procedure? Many people do. If you do, then don’t hesitate to give Fay Periodontal Associates, a call at (913) 268-9300 today. We will take the time to explain what goes into the procedure and answer your questions.