If a patient has lost a single tooth due to advanced dental decay, or a traumatic injury, if the tooth did not erupt in the anterior region of the mouth, they may be fantastic candidates for a single tooth dental implant. This is one of the most effective and widely used restorative options in dentistry to replace a single missing tooth.
It is important to choose a fully qualified and experienced for a major procedure such as dental implant. But a very high success rate is assured when the procedure is performed by such a dentist. Dr. Rob Strain is a dedicated and experienced cosmetic dentist providing dental implants to patients in Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs, Palm Desert, and surrounding communities across this region of Southern California.
Although the traditional tooth replacement option of a dental bridge is available in case of a single missing tooth, but a fixed bridge requires the support of adjacent healthy teeth. These healthy teeth will have to be cut down to support a cemented bridge. This can lead to gradual deterioration of the jawbone in some cases.
A single tooth dental implant, on the other hand, is surgically placed directly into the jawbone. It serves as a root for the missing tooth and also helps to preserve the bone. The single implant and tooth structure is placed independently, without requiring any support from the adjacent healthy teeth. Furthermore the longevity of an implant is much better than that of a dental bridge.
What is an Implant?
A dental implant is essentially a metal device that is surgically placed into the jawbone to replace a missing tooth. The first part of the implant is the anchor, or the titanium root that is inserted into the bone tissue of the jaw. The second part is the abutment, which is also a metal device that is attached to the anchor by a center screw and connects the abutment to the prosthetic device. The third is the prosthetic device, which can be a dental crown, bridge or denture.
To start with, the dental specialist will administer local anesthesia in the area for the implant. The gum tissue will be cut and flapped back to expose the underlying bone. Thereafter, a hole will be drilled into the bone for the implant. The implant anchor will be carefully inserted into the hole. The gum tissue will then be re-flapped back into its place and the area will sutured over the implant anchor.
The implant will be allowed to heal for a period of about three to six months. In the second stage of the procedure, implant anchor will be exposed again by flapping the gum tissue. The abutment will be attached to the implant anchor, and the gum tissue will then be re-flapped around the implant with the abutment protruding through the gum tissue, and resutured.
The third and final stage will be the fabrication of the crown, which will be placed on the abutment. This will complete the new tooth structure. Outstanding and prudent Dr. Strain’s dental office receives patients from Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs, Palm Desert, and nearby areas for dental implants.
If you would like to learn more about the dental procedures and treatments performed by cosmetic dentists Dr. Rob Strain, DDS and Dr. Laura Wittenauer, DDS please call us at 760.568.9494 or click here. Serving new patients in Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs, Palm Desert and surrounding areas.