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Single Tooth Replacement with Implants


When you lose just one tooth, it might not seem like such a big deal, especially if that tooth is out of view from your smile. The truth, however, is that losing one tooth can still have a major impact on your oral health, and your quality of life. If you are missing a single tooth, New Heights Dental & Braces can help with dental implants.

Effects of Missing a Tooth


Even the loss of just one tooth can have a significant impact on your entire life.
•  If the tooth is missing from the front of your mouth, your smile, and your confidence, are affected.
•  Eating becomes more challenging. If you cannot properly chew your food, your digestion suffers, which can then have a serious impact on your nutrition.
•  Food and debris can become trapped, increasing your risk of tooth decay and gum disease.
•  Missing a tooth puts additional pressure on your adjacent teeth, increasing your risk for tooth damage.
•  You may develop a lisp.
•  Your jaw begins to lose bone mass, which causes it to change shape. This causes your adjacent teeth to shift out of alignment, throwing off your bite.

Traditional Replacement of Single Teeth


Traditionally, a single missing tooth has been replaced using a bridge. This type of restoration, typically made from a single piece of ceramic or porcelain, consists of a pontic tooth and two dental crowns. The pontic tooth is the actual replacement tooth, used to fill in the empty space left behind by your missing tooth. The crowns are used to anchor the bridge into place on the adjacent teeth.

Dental Implants for Single Tooth Replacement


Dental implants are the modern alternative to a traditional bridge. This treatment is a versatile treatment that can be used to replace any number of teeth, including a single missing tooth. A single tooth replacement uses a single titanium post that is surgically implanted into your jawbone. Your bone fuses to the post as you heal. This fusion, called osseointegration, stabilizes the post in your jaw, allowing it to hold your replacement tooth, a ceramic crown, securely in place.

Getting Your Dental Implant


Before getting your dental implant, a consultation is needed to determine if you are a candidate. If you have lost too much bone mass in the jaw, you may need to undergo a bone graft first. Dental implant surgery begins with an incision at the site of your missing tooth. Next, a hole is drilled into the jaw, and the titanium post is placed inside. Finally, your gums are sutured closed, and a temporary crown is placed. As you heal, your bone fuses to the post. Healing typically takes several weeks. During this time, we monitor the healing of your mouth, making sure that everything goes smoothly. Once you have fully healed, impressions are taken, and your final crown is created.

Why Dental Implants?


There are several benefits to replacing a missing tooth with a dental implant.
•  The crown perfectly matches the rest of your natural teeth. This creates a seamless restoration of your smile.
•  There is no need to alter your adjacent teeth for the placement of crowns.
•  The crown is supported by the implant post rather than your adjacent teeth.
•  The post functions just like the root of your natural tooth, stimulating the bone when you chew. This helps to stop and prevent bone loss in your jaw, maintaining its strength and integrity.

Even missing just one tooth can have a major impact on your entire life. For more information, and to find out if a dental implant is right for you, call New Heights Dental & Braces today at (210) 625-4599.
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New Heights Dental & Braces

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San Antonio, TX 78209

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T: (210) 625-4599
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