Not many people view a single missing tooth as something that needs to be treated immediately. The truth is just one missing tooth can lead to further dental issues. It can lead to an uneven bite that causes chewing food to be difficult and painful. That void can also cause the surrounding teeth to shift towards the gap.
Most importantly, you will suffer from bone loss. A tooth’s root provides stimulation for the bone. Without that stimulation, the jaw bone around the gap will slowly begin to deteriorate.
Dr. Cappy Sinclair and Dr. Mark Reichley provide dental implants in Virginia Beach, VA for a single missing tooth. We recommend a single dental implant because it is the most natural, highly functioning, and permanent option available today.
At Coastal Cosmetic Dentistry in Virginia Beach, Dr. Sinclair and Dr. Reichley offer full services for dental implants. This all-inclusive implant treatment will save you the money and time of needing to visit multiple dentists. Working with the same dental team at every step of the process also guarantees that you receive consistent care.
Single Dental Implants in Virginia Beach, VA
A dental implant is a metal post and it is used to support a dental crown. This implant-supported dental crown is a long-lasting solution for patients missing one tooth. The implant itself is surgically placed into the jawbone where the tooth once was.
After this surgical procedure, it will take about three to six months for the implant and the bone to fuse. The next step is another minor procedure where a small piece called an abutment is attached to the implant. Then, a dental crown will be screwed or cemented into place.
Why Choose a Single Dental Implant?
An implant-supported dental crown offers more benefits compared to a fixed dental bridge or partial denture. The greatest benefit is that the implant post replaces the tooth root, preventing bone loss. No other tooth replacement offers this.
When a dental bridge is placed, it requires the two adjacent teeth to be reduced. The bridge will be attached to these two teeth adding pressure to them. You are essentially damaging two healthy teeth to replace a single tooth. A single dental implant does not involve damaging or utilizing healthy teeth.
A partial denture is also sometimes used to replace one tooth. This option uses metal clasps that hold the fake tooth in place. These metal clasps are very noticeable when eating, speaking, and smiling. A partial denture is also not very durable, limiting the types of food you can eat.
Since a dental implant is surgically placed in the jaw, it is very durable and creates a stable anchor for a dental crown. It will blend in with the rest of the smile and look just like a natural tooth.
The Cost of a Single Dental Implant
We often hear from our patients that the cost of a dental implant is the biggest hurdle. We understand this concern and will do all we can to help our patients with the financial aspect. This option is more expensive because it involves surgical procedures, multiple visits, and also more materials to complete.
It is important to consider the long-term benefits of implants. Dental implants are much less likely to need repairs in the future and they offer a significantly higher quality of life.