Single Tooth Implants
Losing a tooth can be a traumatic experience, whether from disease, injury, or any other incident. Luckily, we at ImplantWide in Schaumburg, IL can offer our patients single tooth implants to restore their smiles. Implants can improve both the aesthetics of your teeth and your overall oral health.
What is an Implant?
An implant is a titanium restoration made of three separate parts. The base of the implant, which resembles a small screw, will be surgically placed into your jaw by Dr. Greenlee. Thought a natural process called osseointegration, the jaw bone fuses to and heals around the implant. This results in a sturdy foundation for the implant and helps to keep your jaw bone strong.
The second part of the implant is called an abutment, which functions as a connector piece that joins the implant screw and the crown. The crown is custom made for your smile to match the shape and color of the surrounding teeth. The finished implant seamlessly blends into the rest of your smile, feels and behaves just like a natural tooth, and even strengthens your underlying jawbone.
Why Replace a Missing Tooth?
A missing tooth ought to be replaced quickly to avoid a loss of jawbone called "resorption." Without the tooth root to stimulate your jaw, your body will assume this bone isn't needed and begin to resorb it back into the body. The teeth immediately adjacent to the gap left by a missing tooth will also begin to shift and try to compensate and close the gap.
These teeth will strain to meet in the middle but will never be stable and could ultimately loosen as well. This process is likely to repeat in each set of progressive adjacent teeth in a domino effect. As you might imagine, this can cause a myriad of other dental concerns. We recommend seeking out a way to restore your missing tooth as soon as possible.
What are Other Single Tooth Replacement Options?
If you're reluctant to receive an implant, there are other options to restore a full, beautiful smile. A dental bridge utilizes a pair of crowns on either side of a prosthetic tooth, but the healthy teeth on either side of the intended gap will need to be prepped, or worn down, to accommodate the crowns.
There are also smaller dental implants, aptly named "mini dental implants" that are less invasive and can put some patients at east. Still, other patients prefer implants made of tooth-colored zirconia. Whatever your concerns, we look forward to discussing which restoration is right for your smile.
Which is Best?
The best tooth restoration is ultimately that which best suits your needs as determined by you and Dr. Greenlee during your consultation. Single tooth implants are often preferred over dental bridges because they keep your healthy teeth intact, but mini dental implants and zirconia implants are also attractive options. The best method to restore your smile will depend on you and your goals for your smile. Call us at (630) 394-9787 to schedule your consultation, today!
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