If you have lost one tooth, it may not seem like a big problem, especially if it isn’t within the smile zone. Missing one tooth can start a chain of reactions in your mouth. A missing tooth immediately affects your eating, speaking, and teeth-cleaning ability. Over time, the remaining healthy teeth will start shifting into the empty space, messing up your bite alignment, which can bring in numerous health complications like uneven tooth wear and TMJ disorder.
If you have a lost tooth, we advise you to talk to Dr. Wayne Sutton in Santa Rosa Dentistry and Implant Center, Santa Rosa, California, to replace your tooth with a single-tooth implant. Implant-based restorations are versatile to replace one, several, or all missing teeth. So, whatever your tooth loss situation, there is always a solution for everyone at our practice.
Bridges and dentures are viable options to overcome tooth loss. However, dental implants are preferred if you want a permanent solution to tooth loss. Dental implants don’t just replace your crown — they also replace your tooth roots, offering a similar function and feel to your natural teeth.
This tooth replacement comprises three components: an implant, abutment, and crown. The implant is surgically anchored in your jawbone to replicate your natural tooth root. Above it, we attach an abutment that connects the implant to a crown.
The journey starts with a consultation with Dr. Sutton. The objective is to evaluate your overall dental health and establish whether your jawbone is strong enough to support an implant. If you’re eligible for an implant, we use digital X-rays and 3D scans to plan your treatment. This involves establishing the ideal location to place an implant.
When all is set, it’s time for implant surgery. We carry out this outpatient procedure after administering local anesthesia to minimize discomfort. Once comfortable, we incise your gums and bone to surgically insert a titanium post. Finally, we suture the surgical site and give it four to six months to heal. During healing, your jawbone fuses with the implant to become one strong structure to support the final restoration.
After healing and fusion, we uncover the implant and install an abutment. After about four weeks of healing, we restore your tooth with a natural-looking dental crown. Once your dental implant settles in place, no one will know it’s a tooth replacement. You, too, will forget it’s artificial because it functions and feels like your natural teeth.
The many benefits of dental implants include the following:
You couldn’t have made a better choice. Dental implants are near-perfect in tooth replacement. To get started, please call (707) 868-0677 to schedule a consultation at Santa Rosa Dentistry and Implant Center.
Dr. Sutton is one of the premier cosmetic dentists in Sonoma County, and with over 20 years of experience, his implant center maintains a standard of excellence using the strongest dental implant bridge currently available to provide predictable full mouth dental implant reconstructions.
Dr. Sutton completed his postgraduate studies at The Pacific Aesthetic Continuum in San Francisco and received his doctorate, three years of experience as a clinical instructor, and the coveted “Clinical Excellence Award” from UCSF School of Dentistry in 1997. He also earned his Fellowship in the Academy of Comprehensive Esthetics and studied Advanced Occlusion at the Hornbrook Group.
Dr. Sutton continues to take four times the annual continuing education requirements to maintain his license. As a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation (awarded his Fellowship), the Academy of General Dentistry (Fellowships status), the American Dental Implant Association (Diplomat status), the American Dental Association, the American Academy for Dental Sleep Medicine, Dr. Sutton is also a select cosmetic dentist recognized as an Official Dentist of the Mrs. Globe – Mrs. USA Pageants.