One missing tooth can cause problems for your health. While it may not seem like a big deal, it can lead to issues with chewing food, teeth shifting, and bone loss. It can even raise your chances of developing gum disease and tooth decay.
Dr. Leah Romay is an expert prosthodontist in Glyndon, MD that can place a single dental implant to replace a missing tooth. When you compare this option to a dental bridge, the single dental implant is better for your oral health and is similar to a natural tooth.
If you have one missing tooth, you have three options. Replace it with an implant-supported crown, replace it with a dental bridge, or do nothing. Doing nothing is bad for your health and can be embarrassing.
A dental bridge is a suitable option however, it requires permanently altering healthy teeth to accommodate the prosthesis. It will also put extra stress on the adjacent teeth. The best choice is a single dental implant.
Single Dental Implant
A single dental implant consists of an implant fixture, an abutment, and a dental crown. Dentists use it to replace a missing tooth. The implant fixture is a small titanium piece that looks like a screw. It will replace the tooth root and support the dental crown. This is the most reliable way to replace a missing tooth. A single dental implant will function just like a natural tooth.
Dr. Romay will insert the implant fixture into the jaw bone where the missing tooth is. This will require a minor surgery that she can complete in about an hour. Afterwards, the implant will be left to heal for about three to six months. During this time, the implant and the jaw bone will fuse together making the implant very stable.
After the three to six months, Dr. Romay will uncover the impalnt and attach a small piece called an abutment. Essentially, this attaches the implant to the crown. This should only take an additional two to three weeks to heal. Then, we will take measures that a dental lab will use to make the dental crown.
During your last appointment, Dr. Romay will attach the dental crown to the abutment. She will secure it with a screw or by cementing it to the implant fixture.
How do I Care for My Implant-Supported Crown?
A dental crown that is secured with an implant is very easy to take care of. All you need to do is continue caring for your teeth as you normally do. You should brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss at least once a day.
Also, you have to visit our Glyndon, MD dentist office every six months for a routine checkup. Here, we will make sure there are no complications with your implant supported crown and that your oral health is good. With proper care, your single dental implant should last a lifetime.
Call our Glyndon, MD dentist office today to learn more about a single dental implant. To request an appointment to Dr. Romay, call our dental practice at 410.220.4680 or request a consultation using our convenient online form. Dr. Romay will help you determine if a single dental implant is right for you.