Although natural teeth are meant to last for life, they can, unfortunately, be destroyed by severe dental infection or because of some other form of trauma. Some people have congenitally missing teeth. Consequently, many people in Ajax are missing at least one tooth. No matter the cause, it’s important to think about the best option for restoring even a single tooth as its loss can negatively impact remaining natural teeth.
There are several solutions available and which include a single tooth denture called a flipper, or a three-tooth or three-unit bridge that relies on natural teeth for support. However, here at Durham Dental Solutions, we frequently recommend dental implants in Whitby as the optimal treatment.
Advantages of Single Tooth Implants
From an oral health perspective, a single tooth implant in Clarington protects your jawbone and remaining natural teeth, preventing jawbone loss and unwanted tooth movements. Unlike a three-tooth bridge, dental implants are self-supporting so there is no need to reshape teeth that may be perfectly healthy and strong. From an aesthetic perspective, a single implant tooth can look amazing, just like a real tooth or potentially even better.
Who Can Have Dental Implants?
While a short surgical procedure is needed, treatment is typically very straightforward, and a single tooth implant can be placed in as little as an hour. Also, treatment is suitable for most people who have good dental health and reasonable general health. Provided your teeth and jaws have finished growing, there’s no evidence that dental implant treatment is affected by gender or age. It’s a treatment that is often highly suitable for older people who are often missing more than one tooth.
What Is the Procedure for a Single Tooth Replacement with An Implant?
Meticulous planning is key for a successful dental implant in Pickering and is equally as important regardless of whether you need a single tooth or multiple teeth restored. Before you have your dental implant, we will need to review the process with you, and we also consider your dental and medical history. Although most people are suitable for implants, some might find another treatment is more beneficial for their specific needs, for example, if they have medical issues that compromise the immune system and which could affect implant healing.
After assessing your suitability, we carry out advanced diagnostic tests, including a cone beam CT scan and dental x-rays. The cone beam CT scan is particularly important as it creates detailed 3-D images of your remaining natural teeth and jaws. We can manipulate these images to ensure there is enough room for the dental implant and to determine which size of dental implant is most suitable. The scan is also used to plan every stage of treatment, pinpointing the best location for the dental implant and the angulation of the implant post. Once the plan is complete, a surgical guide is created for use during implant placement, ensuring the implant post is inserted into precisely the right location. This attention to detail ensures your implant surgery in Brooklin is smoother and more comfortable, with fewer side-effects so healing is faster.
Often, with a single tooth implant, it is possible to place a tooth onto the implant soon after surgery. Sometimes we can even remove a failing tooth, insert the implant and place a new implant crown all in the same day. This is only possible in specific situations, and our dental implant dentist in Oshawa will always suggest the treatment plan we feel provides the best long-term outcome. We want you to enjoy your new implant tooth for years to come, and hopefully for life.