Tooth loss is a common dental concern that most patients will face at some point in time. Replacing a missing tooth is essential to restoring and maintaining your best overall dental health. Even just one missing tooth can throw off the appearance and functionality of your entire smile.
At Elevate Dental Implant Center in Hanover, Maryland, we are your local dental implant experts. Our doctors have helped many patients effectively replace a missing tooth with our single tooth dental implants. We are excited about the opportunity to help you restore your smile following tooth loss.
Schedule an appointment today and start your journey towards your dream smile.
Why should I replace a missing tooth?
A missing tooth causes more than just cosmetic concerns. When you are missing a tooth, your remaining dental structures are at an increased risk for dental damages. This is because your teeth, gums, and jawbone were designed to work together when performing daily tasks such as chewing or speaking.
A missing tooth creates new pressure points within your smile as your other teeth have to compensate for the loss. This also creates added tension to your jawbone and facial muscles, putting you more at risk for developing a TMJ disorder.
Missing teeth also create new gaps in your smile for food residue and bacteria to hide behind, increasing your risk for gum disease development and tooth decay. It’s important to replace a missing tooth as soon as possible following tooth loss to restore the look, feel, and function of your natural smile.
What is a single tooth dental implant?
While many patients will pursue dental implants when they need to replace several teeth or to support a set of dentures, a single tooth dental implant is simply for replacing one missing tooth. With a single tooth dental implant, we can help patients who have experienced severe tooth decay, dental damage, or even a knocked-out tooth restore their smile following the loss of a permanent tooth.
If you are missing only one tooth, this is a great option for you because it allows us to replace the missing tooth without utilizing the support of your surrounding teeth, like with a dental bridge, and potentially damaging them with unnecessary enamel removal.
A single tooth dental implant gives you all the benefits of implant dentistry while also allowing you to discreetly restore your smile with a dental restoration that will blend in seamlessly with your remaining dental structures.
How long do single tooth implants last?
With regular brushing and dental cleanings your implant screw can last a lifetime. Crowns may last up to 15 years before needing replacing.
Do single tooth implants hurt?
Single implant surgery is generally less painful than multiple implant surgery. Patients may experience discomfort for about ten days after the procedure, but discomfort may go away after 2-3 days depending on the amount of teeth included in the implant.
How do you care for a single dental implant?
The best way to care for your implant is to clean and brush your teeth at least twice a day. Patients should pay special attention to their implant when brushing, and make sure to brush around and under the implant.
Do gums grow back around implants?
As your gums heal after dental implant surgery, they will grow around the implant similar to the way they would around your natural teeth. To ensure that your gums don’t totally cover your dental implant while you’re healing and recovering, we will schedule checkups to track their progress.