The loss of one tooth can be a problem for your appearance, but you can quickly start to notice the other negative effects this development can have on your life. For instance, you may become irritated at how you have to work around that gap in your smile while biting and chewing, even as your compromised bite leads to discomfort. You also have to worry about the lack of support for teeth neighboring an absence, as they are more likely to be lost because of that lack of support. Your Rapid City, SD dentist can meet with you to discuss the replacement of that missing tooth. A dental implant-held restoration for a single missing tooth can have a significant effect on your appearance, your dental function, and your quality of life.
A Missing Tooth Can Be More Than Just A Problem For Your Smile
It would be a mistake to assume that the only issue you need to concern yourself with after tooth loss is a change to the way you look. A missing tooth may be hard to notice when you smile, but its absence can certainly be felt when you try to bite or chew. Working around that gap can require more work for remaining teeth, which can be more vulnerable to wear and tear, as well as tooth decay, because of this increased effort. Over time, the absence of your tooth root can start to interfere with the health of your jaw, due to an absence of stimulation from your root.
Using A Dental Implant To Keep Your Restoration In Place
A dental implant holds a restoration in place, making it more comfortable, and more suitable for providing biting and chewing support. The first step will be to discuss implant placement with your dentist. This will first require a review of your oral health, and a careful study of the area where the implant needs to be set. Typically, the implant placement is followed by a healing period. Over the course of this period, your jawbone fuses to the post. After an appropriate time period has passed, you can safely have your implant restored.
Ask About Same-Day Implants
For those patients who qualify, a same-day implant can result in a full smile without a required waiting period. Your implant placement will include the setting of a restoration, so you walk away from your appointment with cosmetic improvements. This requires a certain amount of support from a healthy jawbone structure – waiting too long to address tooth loss can hurt your chances of qualifying for this procedure!
Talk To Hillsview Dental About Replacing That Missing Tooth
At Hillsview Dental, we are ready to provide you with your implant-held restoration! If you have questions about this process, or any other matter concerning your oral health, schedule a consultation with Dr. Brian G. Criss, call Hillsview Dental today at 605-342-6652.