Single Tooth Implants
Winston-Salem & Greensboro, NC
As an adult, no one wants to lose their teeth, because let’s face it, it’s no longer fun. There are no prizes for you if you lose a tooth as an adult, and the tooth fairy doesn’t visit. Worst of all, it can be hard on your self-esteem, especially if your missing tooth is somewhere conspicuously visible. You need to know that there are a lot of adults in the same boat as you. In fact, one in three adults has lost at least one tooth by the time they turn 21. Over 10% of adults in the US have no natural teeth at all. If you’ve lost a tooth, and you want a solution, we have one for you- dental implants. Let Eric J. Sadler, DDS & Associates take a minute to tell you about single tooth dental implants.
Why Should I Replace My Tooth?
If you haven’t thought about getting an implant done- you should. People lose teeth for various reasons. You may have lost a tooth because of an accident. We had a patient get one of her front teeth knocked out by her toddler who she was picking up to take him in for a nap. When he playfully head butted her- she was missing a tooth. People also lose teeth because of tooth decay or gum disease. When a tooth becomes decayed enough, it will fall out. Gum disease, because it eats away at your gum tissue, can cause a tooth to fall out as well. All of these issues can be solved with a tooth implant.
You need to have that tooth replaced, because if you don’t, you may cause further damage to your jaw. Your jaw will start to remove slivers of bone and tissue away from the empty socket. Implants, which are prosthetic teeth with a screw that functions as a tooth root, solve this problem.
How Do Implants Work?
Single tooth implants are easy for us to put in to replace your missing tooth. The procedure for getting a single tooth implant is actually quite simple. The implant has a screw and a prosthetic tooth on top of the screw. We will numb and dull the area of the mouth where your missing tooth is and make an incision into your gum. We then place the screw for the implant into your jaw. In some cases, we can place the prosthetic tooth on top that day. In other cases, we will need to wait a few weeks to allow the incision to heal, and then we’ll place the tooth. Either way, you’ll have a tooth with a tooth root that will send a message to your jawbone all is well. Your implant looks and functions the same way your tooth did before you lost it. In fact, implants look so much like your real tooth, no one will know it’s a prosthetic tooth except you.
If you are thinking about getting a single tooth implant today, what are you waiting for? Why not come in and see Eric J. Sadler, DDS & Associates for a consultation? We’ll answer all of your questions and give you a more thorough explanation of how the procedure works. Give us a call today at (336) 331-5271.