Single Tooth Implants
If you’re missing a single tooth, a single implant crown is likely to be a good option for you. The process can be a bit lengthy, because the implant must heal completely before the crown is installed permanently, but it’s a great option when a tooth has recently been lost.
With a single implant crown, your dentist will begin by installing a dental implant. These lightweight titanium implants are attached to your jawbone in a surgical procedure that usually takes place in your dentist’s office. The procedure is done under anesthesia, and your dentist will discuss pain management with you at your initial consultation.
After the implant is installed, the dentist has to wait several months for the bone to heal. When the bone heals, it attaches itself to the dental implant, which makes the implant a permanent part of your jawbone. This can take about six to nine months, but your dentist will give you more specific timelines.
As the implant is healing, you’ll want to see your dentist regularly to make sure that everything is healing correctly. When you use the best implant dentist in South Florida, things usually go fairly well. In fact, the American Dental Association reports that about 98% of dental implants are successful.
Once the implant and bone have healed, your implant will be permanently seated in your mouth. The dentist will take an impression of your teeth and will send that impression to a dental lab. In the lab, a crown is created for your implant that fits precisely to your implant and your mouth. It’s important to get this right, because the implant will look and feel like your natural teeth.
You’ll have an appointment with your dentist to attach the crown to the implant (sometimes called a post). The dentist will use a safe and permanent dental adhesive. You may need a few follow-up appointments as you adjust to the new single implant crown, but your dentist will work out a follow-up schedule for you.
If you’re missing a tooth, or if you’ve been told that you need a tooth extracted and want to consider a single implant crown to help you restore your smile, we invite you to contact our dental office in Plantation to consult with us about your options.
Single Dental Implant FAQ
Q: Why should I replace a single tooth?
A: You should consider replacing a single missing tooth for a variety of reasons, the primary of which is that doing so will close a gap in your teeth and provide you with a beautiful smile. If you chose to not having the missing tooth replaced, the surrounding teeth can move out of position, which can lead to a wide range of problems with the health of your jaw and teeth. If your damaged tooth has yet to be removed, keep in mind that it can be difficult to properly clean a tooth that isn’t situated correctly in your mouth.
Q: Am I a good candidate for this procedure?
A: If you want to obtain a replacement for a missing tooth without the risk of damaging your surrounding teeth, you’re definitely a great candidate for the single-tooth implant. It’s also important that you’re in relatively good health before the treatment is administered. Certain severe diseases and conditions can cause issues with how well you heal, which can be problematic following the placement of an implant. If you’ve used tobacco in the past, try to stop doing so well before the treatment. Tobacco use has known to heighten the possibility of a single-tooth implant failing.
Q: Are there any risks or complications that can occur with this implant?
A: While single-tooth implants are safer than some of the other alternatives, there are still several risks that you should keep in mind. Some of the more common risks associated with these implants include swelling around the gums for up to 48 hours, bruising, pain for a couple of days, and some bleeding that should dissipate within a day. Some of the rarer side effects to look out for with dental implants include an infection around the implant, sinus issues, nerve damage, or injury to your gums or teeth.
Q: What advantages do single-tooth implants have over bridges?
A: Single dental implants are able to act as replacements for a single tooth without causing any damage to surrounding teeth, which isn’t always the case with bridges since surrounding teeth need to be ground down. These implants can also integrate well with the jawbone, which keeps the area healthy. A sole implant is much easier to clean than a bridge.
In the event that you’re missing a single tooth, the single-tooth implants available at Implantation Dental Center can restore your natural smile while also providing you with a long-lasting solution for your missing tooth. Since we are at forefront of technology, we can assure your peace of mind and you’ll receive the results you’re looking for. Call us now to set up your first appointment with us.