When patients lose a visible tooth, in most cases they opt for a dental implant procedure. But if the tooth is not visible, many tend to ignore it, often due to the cost of a dental implant.
Either way, a missing tooth will always impact a patient’s quality of life and dental health. A missing tooth may cause:
- Shifting in the position of adjacent teeth toward the gap
- Unhealthy distribution of pressure on teeth while chewing, which may lead to joint and muscle pain in the surrounding area, headaches, and migraines
- Deterioration of the jaw bone
Best Solution: Tooth Implant with a Porcelain Crown
If a tooth is missing, the best permanent solution is a single dental implant capped by an all-ceramic crown. This will immediately restore dental aesthetics and full tooth function.
When you opt for a single dental implant, you get:
- An excellent result with a relatively short treatment and little pain
- A long-term, dependable solution
- Comprehensive support for the jaw bone and surrounding teeth
There are some alternative solutions to a dental crown on a single implant. These include a fixed dental bridge, a removable partial denture, and a resin-bonded dental bridge. And yet, while these solutions are fairly quick and easy to install, they will not give you the full function, permanency, and bone support of a dental implant.
How Does This Work?
Here is what patients can typically expect from a dental implant procedure.
- Before the procedure. An initial consultation with a dentist and X-rays to determine the best position for the implant.
- Implant installation. During this phase, the dentist will attach the implant to the bone and provide a temporary tooth that will quickly restore function and aesthetics. The temporary crown will serve you until your dental implant heals and fully integrates with the bone.
- Permanent crown. Once your implant is fully healed, the dentist will be able to install a permanent ceramic crown. Usually, several months will pass between implant installation and permanent crown placement.
When the final step is complete, your dental implant should look and function exactly like a natural tooth. It is a lifelong solution and you should need no additional treatment apart from regular oral hygiene.
It is normal to experience some swelling, pain, bruising, and minor bleeding after the implant installation procedure. Your dentist will likely suggest over-the-counter medications to help with the pain and advise you to consume soft, cold foods during the healing period.
A day after the dental implant installation, you should be able to work and function almost normally. Consult your dentist if you experience severe pain or bleeding that won’t stop.
The Best Dental Care for You
Do you need dental implants in Centennial, CO? Aspen Springs Dental is here for you with exceptional dental treatment, top professionals, and a friendly, understanding staff that will make you feel comfortable and safe throughout the process.
Our top priority is your optimum oral health. We accept most insurances and provide quality family and cosmetic dentistry at reasonable prices. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.
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