Teeth are lost as a result of injury or disease. Trauma can occur as a result of an accident or from excessive biting forces. Disease is generally defined as tooth decay or periodontal disease [gum disease], but there are other categories that can result in tooth loss, such as cancer and various neoplasms of the jaw. According to studies, more than half of the population has one or more missing teeth.
A single front tooth is frequently lost due to trauma.
The impact on a person’s well-being is obvious. Fortunately, a skilled dental implantologist can usually remove the remaining root, place a dental implant, and secure a new tooth to that implant in a single hour or two visit. Tooth decay or periodontal disease are the most common causes of single tooth loss in the back. This can sometimes be treated similarly to front teeth, but for a variety of reasons, it is frequently more time consuming.
The following is the most common treatment for a single missing back tooth:
- Extraction of the damaged tooth and root socket grafting Then wait 4 months.
- Implant placement to replace the root of a single missing tooth. Then wait 4 to 6 months.
- Placing an abutment on a dental implant and taking records for the fabrication of a crown to replace a single missing tooth Then wait three weeks.
- The abutment is permanently attached to the implant, and the crown is cemented to the abutment. COMPLETE TREATMENT
The need to replace a single missing tooth in the back is not always as obvious as the need to replace a single missing tooth in the front, but it is critical. Teeth are extremely mobile. We’ve all seen an Orthodontist use a small rubber band to apply tension to a tooth and move it wherever he wants. Each tooth in the mouth serves a specific function. When a single tooth is missing, the body’s natural reaction is for adjacent teeth to drift into the void that is created. A single missing tooth can actually cause a shift in the position of every other tooth in the mouth over time.
Malocclusion can then lead to TMJ dysfunction, headaches, muscle spasms in the neck and shoulders, food impaction between teeth, tooth decay, periodontal disease, and other issues. People frequently do not associate the loss of their tooth with the problems it caused because these problems do not always develop and may occur years after the single tooth is lost. It’s unfortunate that a single missing tooth is frequently overlooked due to the potential consequences, but the development of dental implants for the replacement of a single missing tooth is encouraging many more people to seek early treatment.
A single missing tooth is usually followed by multiple missing teeth. When a tooth is lost and not replaced, the process of losing more teeth accelerates. All of the problems associated with a single missing tooth are exaggerated when multiple teeth are lost. However, there are some additional concerns. These include, but are not limited to:
- Vertical dimension collapse- As multiple back teeth are lost, the mouth loses support when we close, causing the chin to move closer to the nose. This results in deep folds at the corners of the mouth and lip thinning. It can easily add 10 to 20 years to a person’s appearance.
- Facial structure collapse-As multiple back teeth are lost, facial support of the cheeks is lost, resulting in a sunken appearance. Again, the end result is premature ageing.
- Bone loss- The upper and lower jaw bones serve only one natural purpose: to support our tooth roots. When the roots are lost, the bone begins to deteriorate, much like a muscle that is not used. This causes further loss of facial support and can make wearing artificial prosthetics like dentures impossible. It can also make dental implant placement more difficult.
- Inability to properly chew foods-The mouth is the first of a series of organs designed to assimilate and digest food. The more thoroughly we can chew our food, the better the system works as a whole. Mom was correct when she advised us to chew our food more slowly and thoroughly.
- Inability to eat a healthy diet-As teeth are lost, it becomes more difficult to eat a balanced diet. Raw vegetables and nuts, which are important staples, become impossible to eat, and we lose out on the many vitamins and minerals they provide.
- Inability to eat our favourite foods—corn on the cob, ribs, steaks, fajitas, and so on—becomes impossible. Many people don’t realise how much being able to eat whatever they want means to them until it’s too late.
- Embarrassment-Missing teeth carry a social stigma. Many people simply stop smiling or cover their mouths with their hands. That’s unfortunate because we know very few people who intentionally lost their teeth. Each person has a unique storey, and all of them are tragic.
These are just a few of the issues that people face as a result of missing teeth, both single and multiple. Dental implants now provide incredibly simple and dependable solutions. Dental implants are artificial roots made of titanium that replace the roots of natural teeth. They can be used for single missing teeth or multiple missing teeth. A single implant is used to replace a single missing tooth, and a crown is attached to it. The end result is a natural-looking tooth that functions and works in the same way as the natural tooth that was replaced. Many people believe that when there are multiple missing teeth, only one dental implant is needed to replace each tooth; however, this is not always the case. If three teeth in a row are missing, for example, it is often possible to replace them with just two dental implants and a fixed bridge between them. The amazing All on 4 protocol allows for the replacement of an entire arch [16 teeth] with only four implants and a fixed bridge.
For those who are candidates, the placement of a dental implant is usually quick and almost painless. A sufficient quantity and quality of bone is one requirement. As previously stated, when a tooth is extracted, the bone that once secured the tooth’s root begins to melt away. According to some studies, up to 40% of the bone volume in that area may be lost in the first year. To prevent this from happening, modern dentists who understand oral surgery and implants place materials in the sockets where the tooth roots were. As a result, a healthy site for future dental implant placement has been created. When a tooth is extracted, a dentist with a more advanced understanding of dental implants may actually place an implant into the socket. When this is accomplished, it is the best and simplest way to prevent bone loss.
However, because many dentists do not understand dental implants and the protocols required for bone preservation, and because many patients are oblivious to the loss of a tooth, there are times when an implant is required but there is insufficient bone to support it. Modern implant designs, as well as implant placement protocols such as the All on 4 technique, minimise this, but they cannot eliminate the need for additional bone on occasion.
Bone regeneration procedures are required when there simply must be more bone. This usually includes one of several different types of materials that replace lost bone volume and promote the formation of new bone. This has become far simpler and more predictable with the advent of stem cell and bone morphogenic enhanced materials. What used to require a maxillofacial and orthopaedic surgeon in a hospital setting can now be performed predictably in a well-trained dental surgeon’s office. Once the new bone has matured, which usually takes 4 to 6 months, a single or multiple tooth replacement dental implant can be placed just as predictably as if the graft had not been necessary.
Procedure for a Single Dental Implant:-
Procedures for placing a single dental implant in the location of a single missing tooth
Following the administration of conscious sedation, the placement site of the single missing tooth is infiltrated with local anaesthesia.
An osteotomy is prepared by making a small incision in the soft tissue covering the bone in the single missing tooth site. An osteotomy is the same as a pilot hole made in wood before inserting a screw. Following the completion of the osteotomy, a single dental implant is threaded into it. We now have a man-made root where there was once a natural root. This dental implant, like a natural root, is hidden beneath the gums and in the bone and cannot be seen in the mouth. The single dental implant is screwed with a piece known as an abutment. The abutment connects the dental implant beneath the gums to the tooth above the gums. Impressions of the abutment are taken and sent to a dental laboratory.
In about three weeks, a crown is returned from the laboratory and glued [cement] to the abutment. You now have a new tooth that looks, feels, and functions exactly like a natural tooth.
Dental implants for the replacement of single missing teeth and multiple missing teeth have become as common for dental implantologists as fillings are for your family dentist. They provide an excellent replacement solution for those who have a single missing tooth and can help prevent future problems. Dental implants can restore a person’s smile, confidence, and self-esteem to those who have lost multiple teeth or all of their teeth. It can truly provide them with a second chance.
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