Tooth loss can occur for many reasons including tooth decay and tooth loss. Poor oral hygiene can lead to plaque build-up which can lead to decay if it is not caught and treated early. This is the number one reason for tooth loss. Other reasons include trauma, injuries and teeth grinding. It is very important to replace your missing tooth as soon as possible.
One missing tooth may seem like it’s not a huge deal but it can actually be detrimental to your oral health. A single missing tooth can lead to the surrounding teeth to begin to shift towards that void. It can also lead to bone loss in your jaw. Without the tooth’s supportive root structure, the surrounding bone cannot thrive and will begin to deteriorate once the tooth is lost. With a single lost tooth your diet can also be affected depending on the location. This could inhibit you from eating a healthy diet.
The good news is if you do lose a tooth, Marr Family Dentistry in Greeley, CO has solutions to replace it. The two main options include a dental implant-supported crown or a dental bridge.
Why Choose a Dental Implant?
Dental implants are the number one solution to missing teeth. This is because it not only replaces the tooth, it is also designed to replace the tooth root as well. This is the key to stopping the bone from deteriorating. An implant is comprised of several parts with the first being a tiny screw-like post that is made out of titanium, a biocompatible material. This post will be placed in the jaw bone to support a dental crown and prevent bone loss. That is the greatest benefit to choosing a tooth implant over a dental bridge.
A dental bridge is a prosthesis that relies on the two teeth on either side of the missing tooth gap to support it. The bridgework will be made of two crowns on bone ends with a piece in the middle called a pontic (the replacement tooth). Your dentist will need to prepare the two support teeth by removing the enamel to accommodate the bridge. In essence you are damaging perfectly healthy teeth to replace just one tooth. This solution will eventually lead to bone loss. For these reasons, Dr. Kami Marr and Dr. Kevin Marr will recommend the implant-supported crown over the dental bridge.
What to Expect
The process to receive a single dental implant can take as little as six months. The first step is a thorough oral health exam and medical history to determine if a dental implant is right for you. Your dentist will examine your teeth, gums and bone structure. A bone graft may be necessary if you do not have enough healthy bone to support the implant. A very detailed and customized treatment plan will be created.
Dr. Marr will coordinate with one of the top oral surgeons in the Greeley, CO area for your implant surgery. The surgical placement should only take about one hour. You will need about two to three months to heal from surgery and for the implant post to fuse with the surrounding bone.
Once the dental implant has fully fused with your jaw bone, Dr. Marr will attach the abutment to the implant post. Then the dental crown is secured to the dental implant abutment for a permanent restoration.
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