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881 Alma Real Dr., Suite. T4, Pacific Palisades, CA
(424) 346-0955

Single Tooth Implant


Dental Implants

When you lose just one tooth, it's easy to want to ignore it, especially if the tooth is in an area of your mouth that is not visible when you smile. Many people tend to think that one missing tooth is no big deal. However, even just one missing tooth can have a serious impact on your oral health and overall quality of life. At Palisades Surgical Arts, we can restore a single missing tooth with a single tooth dental implant.

Effects of Tooth Loss


The loss of even just one tooth can have serious consequences on your oral health and your quality of life. There are several things that can happen. One of the most obvious consequences of tooth loss, depending upon its location, is the effect on your smile. A gap in your smile can also affect your confidence. Tooth loss affects your ability to eat. You cannot properly chew your food, which can lead to poor digestion and, eventually, malnutrition. Your speech may also be affected, as tooth loss can create a lisp. Tooth loss also leads to the loss of bone mass in your jaw. This weakens the bone, causing it to change shape. Your remaining teeth can begin to shift out of their natural positions, throwing off your bite. This can lead to issues such as misalignment, grinding, and jaw pain.

Traditional Tooth Replacement


Traditionally, a single missing tooth has been replaced with a bridge. While there are a few different types of bridges, the most common type is a fixed bridge. A fixed bridge consists of a replacement tooth (pontic tooth) set between two crowns. The crowns anchor the bridge in place on your adjacent teeth (abutment teeth). The appliance is made from ceramic, which mimics many of the properties of your natural enamel. To place the bridge, enamel needs to be removed from the abutment teeth, which helps to create sufficient space. The bridge, which is created from a mold of your mouth is cemented in place.

Single Tooth Implant


A single tooth implant provides an alternative to a fixed bridge. It involves a surgical procedure, during which a small titanium rod (the implant) is inserted into your jawbone. The implant relies on a process known as osseointegration, or the fusion of the bone to the implant. Successful fusion turns the implant into a stable "root" that provides support for the replacement tooth.

Implant Procedure


Oral surgeon Max Moncayo, DDS talking to a patient in Pacific Palisades, CA about dental implants.The implant requires surgery. Before we begin, a local anesthetic is administered. We can also provide sedation as well if you are feeling anxious. An incision is made in the gum tissue, exposing the bone underneath. A hole is drilled into the bone, and the implant is placed. We then suture the gums closed around the implant, and a temporary tooth is placed.

After your procedure, you are sent home to heal. Healing can take several weeks. During this time, we will monitor your progress to make sure that the bone is fusing properly. Once you have fully healed, we then begin the process of creating your permanent replacement tooth. The temporary tooth is removed and an abutment, or connector, is placed. Impressions of your mouth are taken, which are then sent to a lab to create your new tooth. Once the tooth is ready, which can take up to two weeks, it is screwed into place on the implant.

Benefits of Single-Tooth Implants


There are numerous benefits of a single tooth implant:
•  It is strong and stable.
•  It is comfortable.
•  It provides a more natural appearance.
•  Your adjacent teeth remain intact.
•  It will not need to be replaced (unless the crown is damaged).
•  It preserves the strength and health of your jawbone, preventing the bone loss that typically accompanies tooth loss.

Don't ignore a single missing tooth, even if it's not visibly noticeable. For more information on single tooth dental implants, and to find out if it is right for you, contact Palisades Surgical Arts at (424) 346-0955 today.
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