No matter how well you take care of your teeth, accidents happen and it is likely that you will experience tooth loss at some point in your life. Whether a result of trauma, injury or gum disease, losing a tooth can be a stressful event, but luckily not something that cannot be repaired.
At Hertford Dental Implants, individual missing teeth can be replaced by dental implants without altering your healthy adjacent teeth. Once dental implants are placed, posts will be attached on top of them, providing support for your final crowns.
How do single dental implants work?
Dental implants are small titanium posts that are surgically placed into the jawbone and act as replacements for actual tooth roots. By replacing one single tooth with dental implants and avoiding conventional bridges, the adjacent teeth are preserved.
Dental implants in Hertford come in various sizes. Your dentist will decide which one is the best for you depending on the type of the tooth missing and the dimensions of your jaw. This way your dentist will determine which is the right implant for the tooth to be replaced. Computer-assisted planning software will also help plan the implant operation in a precise manner.
Once your dental implant is embedded into your jawbone, your dentist will provide a temporary crown until your implant heals. This process usually takes a few weeks and after that, you will visit your dentist again in order to have your permanent crown fitted. The time between the implant surgery and the final crown placement is typically shorter on the lower jaw than it is on the upper jaw. This is a result of denser bone in the lower jaw, which allows for faster attachment of the bone with the implant’s outer surface.
If the affected tooth needs to be removed, extraction may take place on the same day as the dental implant placement. If you suffer from bone tissue loss in the jawbone, you dentist may advise bone grafting.
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Tooth loss, even if it is just the loss of one tooth, can be quite serious. Preserve your oral health and function by visiting Dr Gordon Black for dental implants in Hertford today.