A single missing tooth can have a major impact on your appearance as well as your oral health. You may subconsciously bring your hand to your mouth when you smile to disguise the tooth loss from others. It may also be difficult for you to chew your food comfortably. Another concern is that your remaining teeth will gradually shift towards the open space. If this happens, it could affect your entire alignment. A tooth implant by Dr. Vanama at Discovery Dental can eliminate all of these problems.
Understanding the Tooth Implant Procedure
One of the common questions that patients have as they explore their options for tooth replacement is “What is a tooth implant?” Unlike a dental bridge that depends on the surrounding teeth to support it, a tooth implant involves actually getting a new root. After inspecting your jaw and gums to determine if you are a good candidate for a tooth implant, Dr. Vanama creates a new tooth root with a titanium steel rod called an abutment. In some cases, she may need to transfer bone from another area in your mouth to ensure the area is strong enough for the tooth implant.
You need to allow up to several months for your gums and jaw to heal after receiving the abutment. Discovery Dental can provide you with a removable denture in the meantime if you’re interested. While the area is healing, you need to return for regular appointments so Dr. Vanama can check the progress. Once she is confident that the area has healed, she will attach your new replacement tooth to its artificial root. Before doing so, she works with our dental laboratory to ensure that your replacement tooth matches the shape and color of your other teeth as closely as possible.
Contact Discovery Dental for a Consultation
If you are seriously considering a tooth implant to replace a single missing tooth, we encourage you to schedule an information session with Dr. Vanama. She will explain the procedure to you in more detail as well as answer all of your questions. You may also want to check with your dental insurance provider to see if it provides coverage for the procedure. Many do not because they consider dental implants cosmetic rather than restorative. We are happy to help you explore other financial options if insurance coverage is not available.