Dental Implants – The Basics

Teeth are lost as a result of trauma or illness. Trauma may occur as a result of an accident or as a result of excessive biting powers. While tooth decay and periodontal disease are the most common causes of tooth loss, other conditions such as cancer and various jaw neoplasms may also cause tooth loss. According to studies, more than half of the population has one or more missing teeth. A single front tooth is often lost due to trauma. It’s easy to see how this affects a person’s health. In most cases, an experienced dental implantologist may remove the remaining root, place a dental implant, and secure a new tooth to that implant in a single hour or two. Tooth decay or periodontal disease are the most common causes of single tooth loss in the back. While this can often be handled similarly to front teeth, it is much more time consuming for a variety of reasons. Learn more about Dental Implants.

The following is the most common treatment for a single missing back tooth:

The damaged tooth is extracted, and the root sockets are grafted. After waiting four months, a dental implant is placed to replace the root of the single missing tooth. After waiting 4 to 6 months, an abutment is attached to the dental implant, and records are taken in order to fabricate a crown to replace the single missing tooth. After 3 weeks, the abutment is permanently attached to the implant, and the crown is cemented to the abutment.

The need to replace a single missing tooth in the back is not always as apparent as the need to replace a single missing tooth in the front; however, it is important. Teeth will move around a lot. We’ve all seen an Orthodontist use a small rubber band to apply friction to a tooth and then move it around. Each tooth in the mouth serves a specific function. When a single tooth is missing, the body’s normal response is for neighbouring teeth to drift into the gap. A single missing tooth may cause the alignment of all other teeth in the mouth to shift over time.