Single Tooth Implant
Dental implants are excellent tooth restorations. The titanium posts are anchored on the bone of your mouth, while the abutment offers an attachment surface for the artificial tooth. You can choose from various materials such as gold, metal, ceramic, or porcelain. Our dental team at Shull Family Dentistry surgically installs implants for patients with missing teeth. Implants offer the best results if you have one or multiple missing teeth and are long-lasting tooth replacement alternatives.
What is a Single Tooth Implant?
A single-tooth implant is one used to replace one lost tooth. The implant is placed at the gap of your missing tooth. After several months, the implants fuse with the bone, and a dental crown can be attached to act as your artificial tooth. On the other hand, the multiple-tooth implant replaces several missing teeth and supports a bridge or denture. An ideal candidate for single tooth implants has good oral and overall health. Also, all underlying conditions must be well-managed and not pose any risks during the implant surgery. Refraining from smoking a few months before the surgery increases the success rate for people who smoke.
What to Expect in Single Tooth Implant Installation
The first step in implant installation is to examine the nature of the lost tooth. Our dentists check the health of your gums and jawbone to determine if implants suit you. The implant might fail if you have a weak jawbone or severe gum disease. Our dentists also check if you require tooth extractions, to remove any remaining fragments on your gums.
During the installation process, you can expect sedation to make you comfortable. An incision is made on the gums to expose the bone where the single-tooth implant is implanted. Our dentists use a drill to create adequate space for the implant. After the implant is secured, a protective piece is added as a barrier. The gums are stitched, and the implant is left to fuse with your jawbone which can take several months.
What Are the Advantages of Single Tooth Implants?
A single-tooth implant does not affect the health of the neighboring teeth. It also replaces your tooth roots and helps stimulate the jawbone to regrow. The bone is kept intact and healthy. The implant looks like your natural teeth, making it aesthetically appealing. You can care for it just like the rest of your teeth, by regularly brushing and flossing.
Implants are also popular tooth restorative options due to their comfort and safety. Once our dentists safely install them on your gums, you don't have to worry about them slipping or damaging your gums. Dental implant materials such as ceramic and porcelain are resistant to breakage, making them a very durable option for most patients.
The single-tooth implant offers the best tooth restoration alternative for people with one missing tooth. Talk with our dental experts at Shull Family Dentistry and find out how you can benefit from a single-tooth implant. Feel free to call us at 503-362-5019 and book a consultation with our professional team.