The unfortunate fact of life is that everyone will lose at least one adult tooth by the time they become a senior. Reasons for losing a tooth could range from an illness to improper dental care or a sporting accident. Whatever the reason, losing a tooth can be much more than a simple cosmetic inconvenience. Failing to replace a missing or extracted tooth can result in a variety of issues that can harm the overall dental health of a patient leading to much larger issues down the road. A simple and permanent fix to losing a tooth is a single-tooth dental implant to restore your smile and eliminate future dental issues.
While many people think of our teeth as playing a role to help us eat and speak, the truth is that our teeth serve a number of important roles beyond this misconception. The roots of our teeth stimulate the bone by reaching deep into our jaws and skulls. When they no long are there to serve their purpose of stimulation, the bone will become weakened. When you start to miss more than just one tooth, a patient is at a much higher risk of developing gum disease, facial deformities, malocclusion and even tooth decay. While removable devices such as dentures can help with a few of these issues, they are more of a temporary fix and can be a great inconvenience.
Dental implants are one of the latest and most popular long-term treatments for tooth loss. The process of a tooth implant begins with a titanium rod that is anchored into the jaw bone or skull. Fixed atop the rod is a “saddle” which gives the crown a place to be set. At Vestal Dental Associates, crowns are custom made for the patient with or CEREC one-visit crown device which allows our dentists to perfectly match the tone and shape of the surrounding natural teeth.
Gone are the days of multiple visits to the dentist for a single tooth dental implant. Our technology allows our dentist to place your crown oftentimes in just one visit which allows you to get on with your day. With the correct aftercare, the rod should last the patients entire life with the crown can last 15 years or longer. Thanks to advancements in technology, patients can once again speak with confidence and enjoy all of their favorite foods.
If you are missing a tooth, consider a single tooth replacement procedure from the team at Vestal Dental Associates. You’ll be left wondering why you didn’t consider this simple procedure sooner!