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 implantation of dental implants and offers implant-supported dental crowns for patients missing a single 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
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 evaluation and examination of your oral health as well as your overall health to be sure a single dental implant is right for you. Then a personalized treatment plan is created that is customized to your needs and goals. This very detailed 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 your are getting the right care necessary to make your implant successful.
The next step is the surgical implantation of the dental implant by Dr. Dean at his Plano, TX periodontist office. A dental implant is a surgically implanted titanium post that replaces the missing root structure. There are two types of sedation that are available to you for you dental implant surgery. We offer oral sedation, which helps you feel relaxed, or I.V. conscious sedation, which allows you to be in a natural sleep during your surgery.
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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