If you are missing a single tooth, it is important to have it replaced as soon as possible. Even just one missing tooth can cause oral health issues that may eventually require even more restorative treatments. The cost will add up quickly if you do nothing about your missing tooth. When a tooth goes missing, it can cause the other teeth to shift, gum disease and it will contribute to bone loss as well.
Not only that, your smile will be compromised causing embarrassment and a dip in your self-esteem. Dr. D. Bradley Dean is a periodontist in Plano, TX who specializes in the surgical phase of dental implants. We offer implant-supported dental crowns for patients missing a single lost tooth.
A dental implant can be used to replace a tooth that is congenitally missing or a tooth that has been lost due to an accident, tooth decay, gum disease, or other reasons. A single dental implant is the most natural solution for your missing tooth. They provide a permanent, secure, and completely functional solution that will also support healthy bone growth in the jaw to maintain your natural appearance and profile.
Dental Implant vs Dental Bridge
An implant-supported dental crown is the most natural and durable solution to your missing tooth. The alternative solution is a dental bridge. Getting a dental bridge requires the two adjacent teeth (the anchor teeth) to be reduced to make room for the bridgework. This will put a strain on those teeth and you are essentially damaging healthy teeth.
A bridge will be more affordable when you compare the cost between the two options. Dental implants are fairly expensive but will last a lifetime with proper care.
Single Dental Implant in Plano, TX
Dr. Dean will work closely with your general dentist throughout the entire process. Both your general dentist and Dr. Dean will need to perform a comprehensive dental exam of your oral health, as well as go over your medical history to be sure that a dental implant will succeed for your needs.
After he has determined that you are a good candidate, he will build a detailed treatment plan and go over it with you. This very personalized treatment plan is the most important part of the process and must be laid out in advance. This is what your dentist and specialists will reference to make sure you are getting the right care necessary to make your implant successful.
The next step is the oral surgery phase. Surgical implantation will be conducted in our periodontist office. A titanium post is surgically implanted into your jawbone to replace the missing root structure. We will make sure that the procedure is safe and comfortable for every patient.
Over a 3-6 month period, the titanium post will fuse with the natural bone helping it to support the structure of the jaw and to provide a secure base for the attachment of a dental restoration.
Once Dr. Dean has cleared you and your implant post has successfully fused with your jaw bone, you will return to your general dentist to have the dental restoration attached. The dental crown will be custom designed to aesthetically fit your smile.
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