A single tooth dental implant is generally installed in your mouth so that it can provide the foundation for a replacement tooth, called a crown, which will restore normal functionality in the way of chewing, biting, and speaking. The implant itself will be made of titanium, because that is a substance which bonds very well with your natural jawbone, and over the course of several months, the titanium implant will actually become part of your jawbone. This is what makes it such an effective anchor for a replacement tooth, and the implant itself will probably last your entire lifetime. Once the crown has been installed over the implant, you'll have a normal smile, as well as all the original functionality that the original tooth once had.
During the process, you can expect the implant, which looks very much like a screw, to be inserted into your natural jawbone. Then it will require two to six months for the implant and the bone to bond together, and that will comprise the anchor for the new tooth. While you're waiting for the fusion process to take place, a temporary tooth replacement option can be installed where the missing tooth is. Then a replacement truth will be created and attached to an abutment, which is a small metal post attached to the implant. Following this, you can expect to have a very natural-looking replacement tooth, and it will become just as functional as your original tooth was.
Depending on where you live in the country, the cost for a single dental implant might range anywhere from $2,000 to $4,500. This cost will include the implant, the abutment, and the crown, and of course the dental surgeon's time investment. While this might seem really expensive, some dental insurance carriers will defray at least part of the cost, so that you are only responsible for a portion of it.
When you're missing a tooth, the teeth in the immediate area around the missing one will generally begin leaning in that direction, because the support is missing. In addition, you may experience difficulties with eating properly or speaking without some kind of impediment. For these and other reasons, it's to your advantage to replace that missing tooth with a long-lasting dental implant. Contact us at ZircTeeth today so that we can arrange an initial consultation, and get started with the process of rejuvenating your smile and restoring functionality to your mouth.