Are you looking for the best way to replace a missing or badly damaged tooth? Look no further! You have found all the information you will need about Single Tooth Dental Implants.
Continue reading to learn more about why replacing a missing tooth is important, what Single Tooth Dental Implants are, why dental implants are the best option for replacing missing teeth, the cost of a dental implant, the surgical procedure, and recovery time.
At El Dorado Family Dental, you will enjoy the peace of mind Dr. Albik, as he is one of the most Qualified Dental Implant Surgeons in the United States. With years of experience and knowledge, he has provided patients just like you with a gentle, caring, and minimally invasive approach to Implant Dentistry.
Restoring your beautiful smile and oral health is possible with an expertly placed dental implant. When you are ready, please contact our friendly dental office to schedule a free consultation.
Why It Is Important to Replace a Missing Tooth
There are many reasons why you need to replace a natural tooth with a dental implant including severe tooth decay, gum disease, trauma, or an accident. When you experience any of these factors that result in the loss of a natural tooth, it is important to replace the missing tooth as soon as possible. With the loss of the tooth, the surrounding natural teeth can have the ability to shift in the jawbone. This can create additional oral health issues.
Potential Oral Health Issues
Losing a tooth can lead to additional oral health care issues if not replaced quickly, including:
- Loss of Jawbone
- Shifting Teeth
- Difficulty keeping teeth and gums clean
- Grinding and clenching
- Additional pain in the jaw
When teeth are healthy, they transmit chewing force through their roots to the jawbone. This stimulation is what keeps the jawbone healthy. When a tooth is missing, the lack of stimulation can cause the jawbone and surrounding gums to shrink.
As the bone and gums shrink, neighboring healthy teeth can tilt or shift into the shrunken area and the opposing tooth can extrude as is tries to compensate. This can lead to the natural bite alignment becoming altered, causing grinding or clenching, which may result in pain within your TMJ joint.
As teeth and gums shift, they can create oral hygiene issues. Plaque and bacteria can quickly buildup in these hard to clean areas. The buildup promotes tooth decay and periodontal disease on the remaining natural teeth.
“After an accident required a tooth replacement I was worried an implant would look different from my real tooth. Dr. Albik reassured me the implant would blend right in with the adjacent teeth, and he was right! Dr. Albik is pat dental professional, part artist!”
– Julianne A. Folsom, CA
What Are Single Tooth Dental Implants
Dental Implants are posts made from high-grade materials which are well accepted by the body, like titanium or titanium-zirconium. The posts are placed into the upper or lower jawbone by a trained Implant Dentist. The implant fuses to the jawbone and serves as support for a dental crown, bridge, and partial or full dentures.
When considering a Dental Implant Treatment, you should understand that implants can signifyingly vary in terms of quality and reliability. Your dentist should discuss key details about the implant; including who manufactures the dental implants they use, how they perform, and what their life expectancy. At El Dorado Family Dental, you will have peace of mind knowing that Dr. Albik is one of the most accomplished Dentists in Implant Dentistry.
Benefits of Dental Implants Over Other Treatments
Dental Implants provide you with a cost-effective and permanent solution to replace missing teeth or fill in any gaps in your smile. However, there are other options for replacing a missing tooth or teeth, including Dental Bridges and Dentures.
The primary difference between an implant and traditional dentures (or bridges), is that the implant replaces the entire tooth root. This allows a replacement dental crown to be placed on the implant without affecting the surrounding teeth. They provide most of the benefits of natural teeth without the problems and inconveniences of dentures and bridges.
Dental Bridges require the surrounding natural teeth to be altered to support the false tooth. Since the bridge does not replace the missing tooth root, the jawbone and gums at the missing tooth site can continue to recede.
Traditional partial or full dentures tend to look less natural and many patients believe they are less comfortable. As a result, they can also require frequent visits to the dental office for adjustments.
Why Choose a Dental Implant from El Dorado Family Dental
You want the Best Dental Implant Treatment, luckily you found El Dorado Family Dental! Dr. Albik has years of experience providing dental implant solutions for patients just like you. His knowledge of, and accomplishments in Implant Dentistry, have resulted in high praise and honors from other dental professionals. Some of Dr. Albik’s accomplishments and honors include:
- Instructor at the International Academy of Dental Implants in San Diego, CA
- Associate Fellow for the American Academy of Implant Dentistry
- Diplomate: International Academy of Dental Implants
- Diplomate and Board Certified: American Board of Implantology
Dental Implant Treatment Process
The number of visits for your implant treatment procedure can vary depending on the treatment plan you and your dentist have chosen. A major benefit of choosing El Dorado Family Dental for your Dental Implant is Dr. Albik’s ability to perform the whole treatment process in-house at our dental office. By utilizing the latest dental technologies available, we can provide you with the safest, most comfortable and convenient implant experience available. This takes the inconvenience of visiting multiple offices to see oral surgeons and periodontists that is required by other dental practices.
A typical process for an implant treatment is broken into four stages, including:
- Planning Your Implant
- Oral Surgery to Place the Implant
- Final Placement of the New Dental Crown
- Care and Maintenance for Your Implant
Planning Your Implant
The first step in planning your implant involves taking a 3D digital scan of your jawbone and teeth. Dr. Albik will then use state-of-the-art technology to digitally plan your implant placement and create detailed surgical guides. This process will provide a final result of total accuracy for the implant placement and ensure the safest and most effective procedure.
Oral Surgery to Place the Implant
The second step in the process is placing the implant in your jawbone through a surgical procedure. To ensure your comfort during this procedure we provide you with the option of a local anesthetic to numb the area. Additionally, we can also provide an oral sedation option that may help ease any dental anxiety.
Dr. Albik will then begin to prep the area to place the post into your jawbone. Once the implant is in place, he will secure the gum over the implant, and place a healing abutment to protect the implant during the healing process.
Many patients report they feel less discomfort than a simple tooth extraction after the visit. Experiencing some swelling and tenderness over the following days is common as the healing process begins.
The healing process between your implant surgery and final placement of the new teeth generally will take the most time in the process. During your recovery, a process called osseointegration is occurring. Osseointegration is the process of the jawbone growing around the implant to hold it in place and provide the strength needed. This healing time can take several months for the implant to become fully integrated to the jawbone.
Final Placement of the New Tooth or Teeth
Once the implant has fully fused to the jawbone, Dr. Albik will remove the healing abutment, replace it with custom abutment, and your new dental crown is attached to the implant. Dr. Albik takes great care to ensure that the look, fit, feel and function are of the highest quality. This means you can rest assured the replacement tooth will blend with the remaining natural teeth, mirroring their shape, size, and color. The highlight of the implant procedure is the look of joy on your face when you first see that your beautiful smile has returned. Your appointment will end with a full review of the dental care and maintenance that your new implant requires.
Care and Maintenance for Your Implant
Like natural teeth, long lasting dental implants require proper oral hygiene and maintenance. This includes routine dental visits every six months, flossing once a day and brushing twice a day at a minimum, is critical to prevent plaque from forming around the implant. Following this simple routine will not only promote good dental health but will aid in the longevity of your new dental implant.
“Getting time off work is difficult, so I was very happy that El Dorado Family Dental was able to schedule my appointment for a single tooth implant on a Saturday. The whole office is so nice and willing to work with my crazy schedule!”
– Tina J. Folsom, CA
Are Dental Implants Right for You?
There are certain factors your dentist will review with you to decide if a dental implant is the rights treatment option for you. The biggest factor in deciding if you are the right candidate for an implant is more dependent on your overall health rather than your age. You should be in good health and have adequate bone in the jaw to support the implant.
For some patients, a missing tooth or teeth can lead to a deterioration of the jawbone. The deterioration can reduce the bone needed to support an implant. Dr. Albik can provide surgical options, including a bone graft or sinus lift, that may build the jawbone back up to allow an implant.
Patients with existing health conditions, such as diabetes and Osteoporosis, may experience slower healing times after surgery. To ensure the best outcome for your implant, it is vital to discuss your health history with your dentist before considering any dental procedure.
Dr. Albik will review your full health and dental history with you to evaluate if a dental implant is the best treatment option for you. Should you not be a suitable candidate for a dental implant, Dr. Albik may be able to recommend an alternative treatment plan based on your situation.
Cost of Dental Implants
The cost of dental implant treatments can be a major deciding factor for many patients. At El Dorado Family Dental, we understand your concerns and make every effort to provide the most affordable solution possible. Through advancements in dental technology, the cost of dental implants has significantly decreased in recent years. You can rest assured that our office will work with you to find the most cost-effective treatment solution for your situation. Our goal is to ensure that you can receive the best oral care you need.
Dental Insurance plans may cover part or all the treatment cost. Our friendly treatment coordinators can review your dental benefits with you to identify your out-of-pocket costs. If you do not have dental insurance or need payment options to cover a co-pay, we can recommend convenient and affordable in-house financing options with CareCredit.
As you can see, replacing a missing tooth with a Dental Implant as soon as possible can have many benefits to your oral health while preserving or restoring your beautiful smile. If you are considering a Dental Implant, El Dorado Family Dental is your best solution! Call our friendly office staff if you have any questions about the process or the cost of implant treatments.