Single-tooth implants are a restoration procedure for people who are missing one or two teeth. This solution is usually recommended for individuals who:
- Did not have a tooth emerge in their mouth anterior
- Have experienced a traumatic injury
- Have lost a posterior tooth following advanced decay or a failed root canal
What to Expect from Single-Tooth Implants
A single-tooth implant comprises three parts: the implant, abutment, and the crown restoration. Your dentists will create an opening in the jawbone to surgically place the implant. Once the implant attaches to the bone, it serves as the new “root” for installation of the crown to replace your missing tooth. The crown (or cap) is usually made in such a way that it looks like your natural tooth. This cap is attached to the implant, filling the gap left by a missing tooth.
For the implant to work, you must have enough, strong bone in the jaw to provide proper support for the implant. If you don’t have enough bone, your dentist may recommend bone grafting – to add more bone or bone-like material. Additionally, an implant can only be successful if the natural teeth and supporting tissues adjacent to the gap are in good health.
How long is the procedure?
The entire process for placing the implant and crown is influenced by a number of factors. Using the conventional method, it usually takes 5 to 6 months for the lower and upper jaw respectively, including the surgery and crown placement. But if the procedure needs bone grafting, it can take a year or more.
For mini-implants, the dentist can place the implants and healing caps (bridge, crown, or denture) at the same time in a single visit.
Reasons to Consider a Single-Tooth Implant
This dental restoration option is preferred over a fixed bridge that requires the adjacent healthy teeth to be ground down to provide a support system for the bridge. With a fixed bridge, the jawbone will begin to resorb and deteriorate. Dental implants, on the other hand, are inserted into the jawbone via surgery to serve as a root for the missing tooth, which helps to preserve bone.
Other benefits include:
- Preservation of the adjacent natural teeth
- Implants look, feel, and function like natural teeth
- Easier to clean and more hygienic
- Aesthetically pleasing for a lifetime
- No decay
Every Patient Deserves Individualized Attention.
We have a highly experienced team that is equally committed to ensuring that you’re satisfied with your dental restoration procedure.
To consult with out dental implant experts to find out whether a Single-Tooth Implant is right for you, please call our office at 512-872-3658.