Replacing a Missing Tooth
Dental bridges used to be the only option for replacing a missing tooth. But now, dental implants offer a better tooth replacement solution that not only looks amazing but also protects your oral health. With more than 25 years of experience as a dentist and special training in implant dentistry, Dr. Bedich knows how to design your dental implant treatment to achieve a beautiful result.
Why Replace a Single Tooth?
Even a single missing tooth can affect your dental and overall health. Your surrounding teeth can shift out of place, causing problems with the alignment of your bite and uneven wear of your teeth. The gap left by the missing tooth is often a perfect place for food particles and bacteria to collect, leading to infection and tooth decay, which can impact your overall health as well.
For these reasons, it’s important to replace a tooth as soon as possible, and there is no better choice than a dental implant.
Why Choose a Dental Implant?
Dental implants offer numerous benefits as compared to other tooth replacement options, such as bridges, which sit on top of the gums. Unlike dental bridges that depend on surrounding teeth for support, implants are independently anchored to the jawbone so surrounding teeth are unaffected. In fact, a dental implant can prevent neighboring teeth from shifting out of place, preserving proper bite alignment and protecting the health of your entire mouth.
Many of the benefits of dental implants rely on the process of osseointegration, in which the jawbone fuses with the implant fixture, forming a strong foundation for your tooth restoration. Osseointegration is also responsible for keeping the jawbone strong and healthy. The implant fixture takes the place of the natural tooth’s roots, providing the stimulation the jawbone needs to maintain its density.
The Single Tooth Replacement Process
The first step in the dental implant process is to schedule your consultation with Dr. Bedich. He will examine your mouth and speak with your about your goals so he can create your customized treatment plan.
Some patients may benefit from a supplemental procedure–such as bone grafting or gum disease treatment–to prepare your mouth for implant placement. Once these treatments are complete you’ll visit us to have your implant placed. In some cases, you may be able to have a temporary crown attached the same day you have your implants placed.
Your mouth will be allowed to fully heal before your permanent restoration is attached. The healing process is very important and will determine the long-term success of your dental implants.