Single Dental Implants F.A.Q:
What is a Single Dental Implant?
There are three parts to a dental implant: The Implant (the screw), Crown (the part that looks like the tooth) and the Abutment (The part that connects the implant to the crown). A dental implant is a permanent placeholder for a natural tooth. When a tooth is dead or dying, it is extracted and replaced with a bio-friendly screw called an implant, by an oral surgeon. The implant resumes the same function as a natural tooth, stimulating the bone and preventing the bone from shrinking. If the tooth is in the aesthetic zone, a temporary abutment is placed, along with a temporary crown. If the tooth is outside of the aesthetic zone, a healing cap is placed into the implant to let the site heal, while also encouraging you not to chew in that area while it heals. When the healing is complete, a permanent abutment and crown is placed on your implant, and the process is complete.
Who Needs a Dental Implant?
Your dentist typically is the first to inform you if you are a candidate for dental implants. Typically, a good candidate for dental implants is anyone with a dead or dying tooth, or anyone with one or more missing teeth. Age is not a factor when determining implant candidacy. In the past, people with osteoporosis, diabetes, or other diseases that affect bone may have been told that they are not candidates for implants. With new technology and advanced techniques, Dr. Bulloch has had tremendous success with these difficult cases.
What are the Benefits of Dental Implants?
Everyone needs teeth to maintain a comfortable standard of living. Missing teeth cause your bone to shrink down due to lack of use, which can cause your facial features age prematurely. Missing teeth also can do more than impact your ability to chew, they can impact your confidence by affecting your smile.