Single Tooth Dental Implant - Richland, WA
If you've lost a single tooth, whether, from gum disease, injury, or another incident, an implant may be your best option to restore your smile. Many patients are concerned about their appearance after losing a tooth, but only an implant strengthens the underlying jawbone. The dedicated team at Implant & Periodontal Associates NW in Richland in Richland, WA is waiting for your call to get started on your implant treatment.
What is an Implant?
A dental implant is a restoration method made of three separate parts. The first part, the implant itself, resembles a small screw. The implant is made of titanium, which is easily accepted by bone tissue. This process, called osseointegration, not only helps to anchor your implant in place but will also strengthen your jawbone.
The second part of an implant is called an abutment, and this works to connect the implant post and the crown. The crown is the part of the restoration that looks like a tooth. The crown is custom made to match the rest of your smile seamlessly replaces your missing tooth. The result is a restoration that looks, feels, and behaves just like your natural tooth while also strengthening your jawbone.
Why Replace a Missing Tooth?
Missing teeth should be replaced as soon as possible to avoid a process called resorption. Resorption is the process by which an unstimulated section of jawbone melts back into the body after the loss of a tooth. The teeth on either side of a gap left by a missing tooth will try to compensate by shifting and moving into space but will ultimately only weaken and loosen themselves.
This process will continue along each consecutive pair of adjacent teeth and even the teeth in the opposite row in a domino effect. This can complicate the way your teeth fit together and lead to problems eating certain foods. We at Implant & Periodontal Associates NW in Richland recommend seeking restoration after tooth loss as soon as possible.
What are Other Single Tooth Replacement Options?
There are alternatives to single tooth implants for patients seeking to restore their smiles. One such option is a dental bridge. This method requires that we prep the teeth on either side of the missing tooth by wearing away some of the enamel so that these teeth can be fitted for crowns. The crowns on these adjacent teeth function as anchors, and support a prosthetic tooth, called a pontic, in the center. There are also other versions of the dental implant, including mini dental implants, and dental implants made of tooth-colored zirconia, rather than titanium.
Which is Best?
The best tooth restoration for you will ultimately be discerned by you and one of our doctors during your consultation. Single tooth implants are often preferred over dental bridges because they leave the adjacent teeth intact. Mini implants and zirconia, one-piece implants, may be appropriate or desirable for some patients but come with their own set of considerations, including stability and fracturing. The best method to restore your smile will depend on you and your goals for your smile.
Contact our friendly staff today at (509) 542-9111 and find out if Dental Implants are right for you.
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Implant & Periodontal Associates NW in Richland
140 Gage Boulevard Richland, WA 99352-8916