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Replace a Missing Tooth With a Dental Implant
Losing a tooth is often scary, but the good news is there are effective ways to replace a missing tooth. Many dentists recommend a dental implant when replacing a tooth due to the long-term benefits that it offers. Understanding more about what a dental implant is and whom it is for can help you decide on the best treatment option.
The purpose of tooth replacement with a dental implant
A dental implant is one of several ways to replace a missing tooth, although no other treatment solution has the durability or the ability to persevere jaw bone health that a dental implant does. The following defines what a dental implant is and when you should consider it after tooth loss.
A review of a dental implant for tooth replacement
A dental implant is a titanium post that is placed into the jawbone after a tooth is lost. Attached to the implant are an abutment and an artificial tooth. A dental implant looks and functions just like a normal tooth. Another benefit is that a dental implant preserves the bone in the jaw, which would otherwise deteriorate after tooth loss occurs. The process for a dental implant is, however, longer and requires a minor surgical procedure. That said, the process is safe, and the dentist monitors each step of the process.
When to consider a dental implant restoration
A dental implant is ideal for individuals who have one or more missing teeth and want the most durable and natural-like replacements. As mentioned, however, the patient must be willing and able to go through a more invasive and lengthier process. The best way to make an informed decision about a dental implant restoration for a single tooth replacement is to discuss all the available replacement options with a licensed dentist who offers dental implants.
How the dental implant process works
Most dentists follow a similar process, although each plan is tailored to the patient’s individual needs and preferences. The process begins with a consultation. During the consultation, the patient and the dentist can discuss treatment goals and put together a treatment plan, which may involve preparing the mouth through bone grafting and the implant placement procedure and placing the abutment and artificial tooth after the mouth heals.
A dental implant vs. alternative solutions
When compared to a traditional partial denture and a fixed bridge, a dental implant is more durable because it is supported by the jawbone, similar to a natural tooth. A dental implant can last for more than 20 years with proper care, whereas all other methods of single tooth replacement do not last nearly as long.
Consult with our dental team today to learn more
Are you missing a tooth and want a long-term replacement solution? If so, a dental implant may be right for you. To learn more and to arrange a visit with our dental team for treatment, contact us by phone or email today.
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