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Mt. Pleasant Single Tooth Implants

Young woman with flawless smileMany patients who visit us with just one lost tooth believe that they don’t need to replace their teeth as long as the teeth can’t be seen when they smile. Mt. Pleasant dentist, Virginia L. Gregory, DMD, and her dedicated dental team offer patients a wide range of tooth replacement solutions, including dental implant supported restorations. If you’ve lost a single tooth, several teeth, or your full smile, call our Mt. Pleasant dentist and team to schedule a tooth replacement consultation today. We’ll examine your smile, review your restoration options, and help you plan for the best tooth replacement option to meet your needs.

Importance of Replacing Even a Single Missing Tooth

Man looking at smile in mirrorEven a single lost tooth can have untold consequences for overall oral health and function. Even if you can’t see the lost tooth within the smile line, there will be adverse effects. The pressure usually absorbed by the lost tooth is spread across surrounding teeth, which increases the risk for dental chips and cracks. Surrounding teeth will shift to fill in the gap in your smile over time, and without stimulation from the lost tooth roots, the jawbone density and gum tissue volume are diminished. When teeth aren’t replaced promptly, the diminished gum and bone tissues can lead to further tooth loss.

Cost of Implant Supported Crowns

Dentist showing patient implant modelOne dental implant post and its surgical placement cost anywhere from $500 to $2,500 (higher in some cases), depending on a number of variables like the dental implant’s size, type, and material. This cost is prior to the design, crafting, and placement of your dental crown restoration. Before we begin your treatment plan, we’ll review each step of the tooth replacement process and help you to budget for the out of pocket costs associated with treatment.

Dental Implant Placement

Animation of an implant retained dental crownThe first step of the implant tooth replacement process is the surgical implantation of your dental implant post. We’ll numb the area around your missing tooth. Then, a small incision is made in the gum tissue. The dental implant is positioned into the jawbone. Once in place, the implant post fuses with the bone and gum tissue over the course of several months, recreating your lost tooth from the roots up.

Dental Crown Placement

When the implant has fused with the jawbone, you’ll return to our office, so we can place the abutment and design your dental crown. Our dental lab will craft the crown, and when we receive the restoration, you’ll return to the office. We’ll attach your crown to the implant, and you’ll leave our office with a flawlessly functioning smile.

Caring for Your Smile

Your implant supported replacement tooth will look, feel, and function just like a healthy, natural tooth, and you can clean it like one too. Brush teeth two minutes at a time twice a day, floss daily, and visit our office every six months for checkups. You may want to use a softer toothbrush or less abrasive toothpaste to avoid excessive wear to your crown.

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