Dental implants are an excellent and effective way to replace a missing tooth and restore the natural look of your teeth. Teeth need each other for support. When a tooth is lost, the biting forces change on the teeth next to space and they shift. When a tooth no longer has anything to chew against, it begins to extrude out of the socket and you can eventually end up losing it too.
When your bite is slightly off, it’s common that one tooth may hit sooner than the rest. This causes undue stress on the involved teeth and begins to flex. It is this continual flexing and stress over time that causes the enamel to separate from the inner dental layer that we call a fraction. As your bite changes, it gets harder and harder to chew your food and you may get damage to your jaw joints.
A lot of people do lose molar teeth and the most common missing tooth is the first molar, which comes through the age of five or six, the permanent tooth as we call it. As we age and use this tooth a lot, we find that it has large restoration and can sometimes fracture or need bridge treatment. In some instances, it gets extracted. Due to extraction, the bone loss and the gum shrink whether a top or bottom molar tooth.
Single Tooth Implants – How it fixes your smile?
To solve the problem of a cracked or missing tooth, single tooth implants are surgically placed. Unlike bridge prep that affects the space between teeth, a single tooth implant helps stop the ongoing bone loss that occurs once a tooth has been lost.
The implant consists of three different parts which include;
- Placing the titanium-made implant in the upper or lower jawbone.
- Attaching the abutment to the implant with a screw to connect the implant to the crown.
- Finalizing the implant with a metal or porcelain artificial tooth to restore its look and make it like a new real tooth.
The dental implant procedure must be performed by a certified prosthodontist through oral surgery while the patient is comfortable.
Single Tooth Implants Procedure:
- Prepare the Gingiva with the Gingival punch or make a flap.
- Choose the implant line.
- Set the implant location with the marketing drill.
- The 2.0 pilot drill is used to establish the implant length and alignment.
- A depth gauge is used to check the preparation depth.
- Pre-drill with extension drill. The use of various extension drills is depending on the planned implant diameter.
- Use of Smart Drill for a smoother drill behavior. The drilling depth depends on the none quality.
- For dense cortical bone, the bone tap should be used. This can be done manually or machine driven.
- Insert the implant until it is flush with the bone level.
- Finally, the implant should be covered with a cover screw and a saliva-proof wound closure followed by the crown.
A missing tooth really changes a person’s smile. But single tooth implants can fix it and improve bring back your beautiful smile again.