When you are missing a tooth, your oral well-being and appearance can suffer. To balance your bite and make your smile whole and attractive again, Dr. Sol Weiss can place a single-tooth implant at his Toronto, Ontario, practice. Surgically embedded in the jawbone, dental implants offer the most durable and sturdy support for a dental crown. More people than ever are choosing this tooth replacement option that is widely recognized by experts as the gold standard in restorative dentistry. To find out how single-tooth implants can rejuvenate your oral health and smile, please contact our practice today.
Why Single-tooth Implants?
Until recent years, when a patient needed to replace a single tooth, their only option was a traditional dental bridge. This type of restoration is composed of a prosthetic tooth and two dental crowns. The dental crowns are attached to the healthy teeth adjacent to the missing tooth, and the prosthetic tooth literally bridges the gap.
Although effective in replacing missing teeth, dental bridges have a number of disadvantages. For example, healthy tooth enamel has to be removed to accommodate the crowns, which can lead to sensitivity and other concerns. Implant-retained crowns, however, offer several advantages:
- Dental implant-supported crowns boast a natural look and feel that simply cannot be matched.
- Single-tooth implants do not require the removal of healthy tooth structure.
- By replacing the function of a tooth root, dental implants guard against the bone loss that results when a tooth is extracted or falls out. This not only preserves your overall oral health, but also prevents the aged look of sunken cheeks and puckered lips that accompanies long-term tooth loss.
Dental implants are a great long-term investment in your health, and can last a lifetime with the proper care. Implant-supported restorations are easy to care for, allowing patients to simply brush and floss as if they had natural teeth.
The Placement Process
To surgically place the small titanium post in your jawbone, Dr. Weiss will first create a detailed surgical plan. On the day of your surgery, he will numb the treatment area, open the gum tissue using a small incision, and create a pilot hole in the bone. The post will then be secured in a precise way that minimizes trauma and allows for fast healing. Finally, the soft tissue will be sutured together. In some cases, he can provide a temporary restoration.
Over a period of four to six months, your implant will fuse with the jawbone during a process known as osseointegration. This allows your dental implant to form an incredibly stable foundation for your prosthetic tooth. After healing is complete, you will return to our office for the final treatment steps. Dr. Weiss will check the shade, shape, and fit of your permanent dental crown and attach it to the implant using an abutment piece.
Schedule Your Consultation Today
If you have a gap in your smile and are ready to learn more about your candidacy for an implant-retained dental crown, contact our practice today and schedule your consultation.