Single Tooth Implants for a Complete, Beautiful Smile
Losing a single tooth may not mean much to you, but it can negatively impact your self-esteem and dental health. Whether you have lost your tooth to injury, decay, or disease, it can affect your confidence. Often, you may find yourself smiling with your lips closed or with your hand over your mouth. The negative effects don’t end there. Edentulism affects your speaking and chewing ability and puts you at a greater risk of tooth decay and gum disease.
If you have a missing tooth, don’t ignore it. Instead, turn to dental implants from Neal Edwards DDS in Riverside, California, to fill in the gap. Once in place, dental implants look and feel so natural you will forget they are a replacement!
Replacing your lost tooth with a dental implant
Dental implants can replace one, several, or all missing teeth anywhere in your mouth. Replacing your tooth with a single implant starts with a consultation with Dr. Neal Edwards. Using digital X-rays, we examine your dental health to ensure you don’t have cavities or gum disease that can compromise your implant treatment. Also, we scrutinize your jawbone to ensure it’s healthy enough to support an implant.
After establishing you are the right candidate for a dental implant, the rest of the steps involve:
- Dental implant surgery: Dental implant placement may sound scary, but it’s an outpatient procedure done right here in our office. After numbing your gums, our dental team inserts a titanium post at a precise location in your jawbone. We then place a healing cap and suture the surgical site for healing
- Healing: Your implant needs about 3-6 months to fuse with the jawbone through osseointegration. Once fusion takes place, your implant becomes stable, just like your natural tooth root
- Abutment placement: This is a minor procedure that involves placing a connector on the implant post. An abutment adds length to your implant and connects it to a dental crown or other dental restoration
- Restoring your tooth: The final step is to install a natural-looking dental crown, denture or bridge to restore your tooth
Replacing your natural teeth requires something equally strong and durable. Dental implants in Riverside, California, are the next best thing to your natural teeth.
They look, feel, and act like the teeth you once had. Please dial (951) 614-0033 to schedule an appointment with Neal Edwards DDS.