Single Missing Tooth
A dental implant can be used to replace a tooth that are congenitally missing or a tooth that has been lost due to accidents, tooth decay, gum disease or other reasons. Memphis, TN dentist Dr. Elizabeth Lee offers a single dental implant when her patients are missing only one tooth. Dental implants are an investment in your health, confidence, and overall well-being.
A single missing tooth can cause complex oral health concerns as well at other health concerns. It can compromise your smile and make you self-conscious. From chronic halitosis to an increased risk of developing gum disease, a single missing tooth is both a cosmetic and oral health concern. The sooner you seek treatment for your missing tooth, the more effective and conservative the treatment will be.
Why Choose a Dental Implant for a Single Missing Tooth?
A dental implant looks and functions just like your natural tooth, providing the most natural solution to replacing a single missing tooth. These are the main reasons Dr. Lee will recommend a dental implant over a dental bridge. Also, a dental bridge will sacrifice the health of the surrounding teeth. The process for dental bridges involves the surrounding healthy teeth to be ground down. Dental implants are actually titanium posts that surgically implanted in to your jaw bone and will replace the tooth root. This better preserves the bone thus preventing bone loss. Lastly, dental implants do not require any extra special care. You can brush and floss as you normally do and there are no food restrictions.
The Single Dental Implant Process
A dental implant is a titanium post that replaces the missing root structure. Dr. Lee will be able to surgically place the dental implant in her Memphis, TN dentist office. Over a 3-6 month period, the titanium post will fuse with the natural bone helping it to support the structure of the jaw and to provide a secure base for the attachment of a dental restoration.
Dr. Lee will then secure a dental crown to the healed implant. The dental crown will be custom designed to aesthetically fit your smile. A dental implant provides natural, tooth-like replacement options for a missing tooth. A dental implant will allow patients to maintain a normal oral hygiene routine and eat and speak with confidence. An implant also provides long-term support of the jaw bone to deter deterioration and recession of the facial structure.