Single Tooth Implant
When it comes to teeth replacement, sometimes the best cosmetic dentistry option is a single-tooth dental implant. Single-tooth implants are placed directly into your jaw, providing stable and long-lasting support for a custom dental crown that perfectly matches the color of your existing teeth.
What is a Single Tooth Implant?
A single tooth implant is an innovative dental procedure designed to replace a missing tooth. It involves the placement of a permanent artificial tooth in a prosthetic socket in the jawbone, secured with an abutment and surrounded by gum tissue. The implant comprises two components, the root and the crown, both made from titanium metal. The root works as an anchor, while the crown provides an aesthetically pleasing smile.
What Are the Benefits of a Single Tooth Implant?
A single tooth plant has a plethora of benefits, some of which include the following:
|Single implants also have quicker healing times than crowns on bridges or partial dentures.
|With a single implant, the entire crown is attached directly to the jawbone providing greater strength, while traditional methods involve bridgework or partial dentures that rely on surrounding teeth for support.
|Single implants look and feel much more like natural teeth because of the way they are secured in the jawbone, increasing smile aesthetics.
|Single implants are low maintenance. They only need brushing and flossing like normal teeth instead of being removed for cleaning like other replacements.
| Single tooth implants are less expensive as compared to other dental procedures.
|Single tooth implants come with fewer chances of infection.
Who is a Candidate for Single Tooth Dental Implants?
A single implant is an ideal restorative solution for people with a missing tooth or those wanting to replace a single dental bridge. A multiple tooth dental implant, on the other hand, replaces several teeth.
As per our specialist, Dr. David Wiley, candidates for single implants must have healthy gums and adequate bone structure in the jawbone for holding the implant securely in place. This can be determined through an oral examination. Additionally, an implant candidate should adhere to good oral hygiene principles and have overall good health to be a good candidate.
What is the Procedure of a Single Tooth Dental Implant?
The procedure for a single dental implant typically involves the following steps:
|During an initial consultation, our surgeon, Dr. David Wiley will examine your teeth and gums to ensure that you are a good candidate for dental implants.
|The jawbone will be prepared by drilling. This will create channels where the implant can attach securely.
|The implant, which looks like a small metal post, will be placed inside these channels in the jawbone. A local anesthetic is used during this process to ensure you remain comfortable.
|Once inserted, it is important for the implant to heal properly before attaching an artificial tooth. This healing period usually lasts three to six months as your jawbone regrows around the titanium post, creating a secure foundation for your new replacement tooth.
|Once healed, an abutment will be attached to the top of the implant post. This device is an anchor for your replacement tooth and helps keep surrounding teeth in place.
|Lastly, an artificial tooth or crown will be placed over an abutment to look just like a real tooth. This replacement tooth can last up to 20 years with regular care and maintenance.
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