Tooth loss is a common dental concern that we treat in our Laurel, MD dental office. While initially, you may only notice the cosmetic concerns that come from a missing tooth, it’s important to know that missing teeth can also cause more detrimental dental concerns down the road. By replacing a tooth with a dental implant, you can restore the look, feel, and function of your missing tooth. Dr. Goyal specializes in implant dentistry and is happy to discuss with you what a single dental implant can do for your smile at your next appointment.
Single Dental Implants in Laurel, MD
Your smile and all of your dental structures are meant to work together when performing daily tasks such as chewing or speaking. When you suffer from tooth loss, this compromises the rest of your smile because of the strain that is added during these daily tasks to compensate for the missing tooth. This can lead to tension headaches and the development of a TMJ disorder, or chronic jaw pain. Additionally, missing teeth put you more at risk for developing tooth decay because the missing tooth creates new crevices and gaps for bacteria and food residue to get caught in within your smile. For these reasons, we strongly that our patients seek out tooth replacement options immediately following tooth loss.
Dental implants are the premier tooth restoration option. With an extremely high patient-satisfaction rating, you will receive many benefits from choosing dental implants that you simply won’t get with other restorative options. Learn more about the benefits of dental implants here.
Dental Implant Supported Crown
A dental implant is a small metal post that looks similar to a screw. It is placed in the jaw bone where the missing tooth was located via a surgical procedure. The implant will serve two purposes, it will support a dental crown and replace the missing tooth root. One of the greatest benefits to choosing an implant restoration is the implant will stimulate the bone as the tooth root once did and prevent bone loss.
After implantation, the implant will need time to fully fuse with the surrounding bone. This process, known as osseointegration, typically takes about three to six months. Next a small piece called an abutment is secured to the implant. You will need to await an additional few weeks so the site can heal properly before Dr. Goyal can attach the dental crown at his Laurel, MD dentist office.
Cost of a Single Dental Implant
The cost of a single dental implant varies from patient to patient because each dental implant treatment plan is designed specifically for your smile. Single dental implants can range from $1000 to $5000 depending on your type of dental coverage, the materials needed to create your dental implant, and the location of your missing tooth. If you are considering dental implants to restore your missing teeth, consult with the professionals at Laurel Smiles. We will be able to provide an estimated cost for your dental implant after evaluating your smile.