We often hear how patients choose to ignore a single missing tooth because it’s no big deal, right?! The truth is even one void in your arch can lead to complex oral health issues and not many people realize that. It can cause chronic halitosis, an increased risk of gum disease and decay, teeth shifting, and can even change the way your upper and lower teeth fit together. The sooner treatment is sought, the better it will be for your oral health. The dental team at Tyma Trachtenberg Dental offer dental implants as the number one way to replace a missing tooth. A dental implant supported crown is the most natural and functioning solution available.
Parts of a Single Dental Implant
Most conventional implant restorations have a three piece design. This includes the dental implant, an abutment and the restoration.
The Implant Post
A dental implant is a metal post that looks similar to a screw. It is implanted into the jaw bone where the void is located along the arch. This will involve a short surgical procedure. The post will act as the missing tooth’s root which is an important component that prevents bone degradation. Implants come in a variety of shapes and sizes to accommodate the size of tooth being replaced.
The next part is called an abutment which is secured to the implant once it has fully fused with the surrounding bone. It is also made of metal and its purpose is to support the dental restoration. Placing the abutment involves a minor procedure where a local anesthetic will be used.
The Dental Crown
The final part of a single dental implant is the actual dental restoration. When only a single tooth is missing, a dental crown is used. The crown will be custom made to fit perfectly in your mouth and blend in seamlessly with the rest of your natural teeth. During your last visit to our Doylestown, PA dental practice, one of our dentists will secure the custom crown to the upper portion of the abutment.
How quickly can I get my single missing tooth replaced?
One of the dentists at Tyma Trachtenberg Dental will first thoroughly examine your teeth and review your medical history to determine if you qualify for a tooth implant. If you do, a treatment plan will be made. Exactly how long your treatment will take depends on if you need any pre-treatment. If you suffer from gum disease or need to have the tooth extracted, your treatment could take a few months longer than normal. If you can be schedule for surgery right away and everything goes as planned, you can have your dental crown placed in four to six months.
Schedule Your Consultation for a Single Dental Implant
Schedule an appointment with one of our talented dentists to find out why a single dental implant is the preferred solution for a missing tooth. Contact Tyma Trachtenberg Dental in Doylestown, PA to schedule your appointment today. During your one on one consultation, we will discuss the process, the cost and answer any questions you have.