Single Tooth Implant
Dental patients with missing or damaged teeth have great options to restore their teeth and smile once more. Besides the conventional dental bridge and crown, one of the most effective methods of tooth restoration is through a single tooth implant. This restorative dentistry procedure is near-perfect in replacing your missing tooth and bringing back your natural, beautiful smile. At Scholes Periodontics & Implants, we will replace your lost or damaged teeth.
What Is A Single Tooth Implant?
This tooth replacement option involves an implant that is used to replace a missing tooth permanently. The main components of a single tooth implant include a titanium dental implant, an abutment that joins the implant to the crown, and a dental crown which is the visible part of the dental structure.
Your dentist will surgically attach the titanium post to your jawbone to serve as the missing tooth's root. Once you heal, this titanium implant will fuse firmly with the jawbone. Your dentist will then firmly anchor the abutment to the titanium implant. The abutment will then hold the dental crown of your new tooth. The new tooth will function as well as look like the rest of your natural teeth.
Types of Single Tooth Implants
There are primarily two types of tooth implants. The most common is endosteal, which is placed in the jawbone through a surgical procedure. With endosteal, it might take some time for the gum tissue to heal before the second surgical procedure that connects the post to the replacement tooth.
The second type is the subperiosteal implant. This dental implant is ideal if you don't have healthy or sufficient bone density. In this case, the dentist carefully fits the implant above or on the jawbone, but below the gum tissue. The gums gradually heal while the implant simultaneously attaches itself to the jawbone. The post that attaches to the implant also protrudes through the healing gums. The final process involves the dentist anchoring the replacement teeth onto the post.
Who Is the Perfect Candidate for a Single Tooth Implant?
While each dental case is unique, there are several aspects that a dentist considers when determining your suitability for a single tooth implant. For instance, It's also important that surrounding tissue, the gums, and adjacent teeth are healthy if the procedure is to be successful. The dentist will also examine the jawbone density to determine if it can sufficiently hold the implant. If not, they might recommend a bone grafting procedure first before the actual single tooth implant.
Excellent oral health and hygiene are critical to a successful implant procedure. Tooth decay, cavities, and plaque might compromise the process. You don't want to lose your other teeth soon after you've replaced a damaged one.
If you want a teeth replacement that is easy to clean, as well as look and feel authentic, you are a suitable candidate for a single tooth implant. If you want to preserve the bone around your tooth you should consider an implant because it's placed in the jawbone and thus ensures the bone doesn't deteriorate. Before the procedure, the dentist will assess your medical history to rule out medical issues that could compromise the implantation process.
What Does a Single Tooth Implant Procedure Entail?
A single tooth implant tooth restoration process can take several months. Thus, it requires some patience. As a patient, you'll start the process by first consulting a dentist. The specialist will then proceed to check if you have good bone structure to support and sustain the implant.
The doctor will then work with you to find the type of implant that suits you based on your circumstances.
The next step involves placing the implant within the jawbone. It is a precise surgical procedure that involves your doctor cutting through the gums to drill a hole into the bone. The specialist then attaches a titanium post as your missing tooth's root.
It will take time for the gum tissue to heal. It'll also take time for the implant to fuse with the jawbone. For some, it could take three months, while others could take slightly longer – it depends on your overall health.
Once the gums heal and the jawbone grows around the dental implant, the next stage involves placing the abutment. The dental specialist attaches the abutment to the titanium post before they place the crown. The dental crown is custom-made specifically for you based on the color and structure of your teeth.
Benefits of a Single Tooth Implant
A single tooth implant comes with several benefits. One of the most enduring is that the replacement tooth functions and appears like the rest of your natural teeth. Also, unlike a dental bridge, this tooth restoration procedure doesn't affect the adjacent teeth. Besides, it does not negatively impact the health of the rest of your teeth during and after treatment.
Again, a single tooth implant helps to preserve the surrounding bone, making it more robust. It's because the implant gradually grows and fuses into the bone, unlike the dental bridge which doesn't touch and stimulate the jawbone leading to deterioration and remineralization of the bone over time.
Another benefit of a single tooth implant is that it is easier to care for. You don't need to buy costly adhesives and flosses. Instead, regular toothpaste and mouthwash will do. Combined with routine oral care and a bi-annual dental cleaning, you can enjoy your dental implants for a lifetime.
Finally, a single tooth implant enables you to eat the foods you enjoy without pain and discomfort. You will regain self-confidence and emotional well-being, an essential ingredient to your quality of life.
Many options abound to restore your missing or damaged teeth. It could be a dental bridge or crown that can bring back your smile. But, given the many benefits that come with a single dental implant, you should consult your dentist about it.
For a single tooth implant that will improve your health and life, call Scholes Periodontics & Implants at (602) 900-1609 today.