A dental implant is a permanent and appealing option for replacing a single missing tooth. An implant is a post made of titanium that your dentist surgically positions into the jawbone. Once the implant has bonded to the jawbone, a small connector post (abutment) is attached to the implant, and a crown is placed atop the abutment. The crown is the part of the implant that is visible in your mouth.
When you have one of your teeth missing, a single-tooth dental implant can help replace your teeth and have a fully-functional smile.
Who can have a single tooth implant?
Dental implants come in several sizes, but a single-tooth implant is most commonly used to replace a missing tooth. Implants can support a single dental crown, or they can be used to anchor a dental bridge or denture. A single implant can support a dental crown, dental bridge, or denture.
What happens during the single tooth implant treatment?
A dental implant is a surgical procedure, so you’ll need to take the time to recover properly. Your dentist will first numb the area with local anesthesia. Then they will insert the dental implant into your jawbone.
The dental implant will need to heal and fuse with your jawbone before your dentist can put the crown on the implant. The entire treatment usually takes three to six months.
What are the benefits of a single tooth dental implant?
Dental implants are quickly becoming a popular alternative to both dentures and bridges and are the preferred method of tooth replacement. Dental implants are permanent. Once your dental implant has fused to your jawbone, it will provide you with a lifetime of service.
Once your tooth implant procedure is completed, you will have a beautiful, natural-looking smile, and all your teeth will be secure. Other benefits of a single tooth dental implant include:
- Eating and talking normally
- Improved confidence in your smile
- High success rate
How long is the treatment?
The single-tooth dental implant process usually requires 2 to 4 appointments over a 3 to 6-month period. The dental implant is placed during an initial visit. The implant will need time to completely fuse with the jawbone. This can take 3 to 6 months. During this healing phase, a temporary crown will cover the implant. The final crown is placed during the second appointment.
What should I expect after the treatment?
Single tooth dental implants can be used to replace a missing tooth. Once the implant is installed, it can support a single dental crown. The implant and crown mimic your natural tooth, giving you an attractive, fully functional smile.
In most cases, you will need to come into our office for a follow-up appointment 1-2 weeks after your treatment. At this time, your implant will be healed and ready to be restored with a dental crown.
Call 34th Street Dental Care at 708-484-6576 to schedule your consultation with our dentists to learn more about our dental treatments.