Call (540) 667-8731 today to find out about receiving a single-tooth implant from the professionals of Shenandoah Family Dentistry.
Single-tooth implants replace your missing natural teeth and can help patients of Shenandoah Family Dentistry in Winchester, VA, gain confidence in their smiles once again. Call today to talk with our experienced dentists and schedule a consultation.
What Is a Single-Tooth Implant?
With a single-tooth implant, the dentist will fit a dental crown that looks and feels like your natural tooth. Color-matching options can also improve the appearance of your new tooth by helping the crown blend in with surrounding natural teeth.
Along with the cosmetic benefits that come with single-tooth implants, the surgery has practical benefits in that it can prevent further tooth loss and jaw problems, too. Trust the experts at Shenandoah Family Dentistry to help restore your smile.
The Implant Procedure
The single-tooth implant surgery involves integrating a titanium rod into the patient’s jaw. Once the jaw has healed from the implant, an abutment made of gold, titanium, or porcelain helps attach the implant to the crown. Finally, the dentist will place the crown. These dental crowns may contain materials like porcelain or metal.
Patients who undergo implant surgeries may have to wait months from the start of the process until the end, but the benefits are worth it. The procedure can be particularly lengthy for patients with jawbones that aren’t sturdy enough for the implant. In such a case, the patient will need a bone graft first. The graft may take up to 12 months to complete because it must heal before the implant.
Who Are Single-Tooth Implants For?
Single-tooth implants are for patients missing one or more teeth. However, patients who are missing multiple adjacent teeth may benefit more from dental bridges or partial dentures. Replacing missing teeth not only gives patients the benefit of having a complete smile again but can also prevent remaining natural teeth from drifting into the gap.
As natural teeth drift toward the area of a missing tooth, teeth may crowd, which can make cleaning them more difficult. When the bristles of your toothbrush can no longer reach areas between crowded teeth, plaque and bacteria can build up, causing decay and potentially more tooth loss.
Post-Surgery Expectations and Care
Once the site of your implant heals, you can expect the crown to function just like your natural teeth. You will be able to chew with all of the areas of your mouth again and will regain most of the force of your bite.
You will take care of your crown just like your other teeth. Be sure to practice proper oral hygiene by brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing. With the right care, your new tooth can last for decades.
Choose Shenandoah Family Dentistry
Shenandoah Family Dentistry helps our patients with a wide range of general dental care services, including:
- Fluoride treatment
- Digital X-rays
Also offered are cosmetic and restorative services such as: