Single Tooth Implant
If you are missing a tooth, you may be wondering what to do next. Single-tooth implants are widely recognized as the best long-term solution to replace a missing or damaged tooth. Dental implants have significant advantages over other types of replacement options, mainly due to their comfort, durability, and their functionality that resembles natural teeth.
Dental implants are titanium screws that are surgically inserted inside the jawbone so that they can hold replacement teeth securely. Implants are different from other tooth replacement options as they fill the gap left by missing tooth roots, thus providing stimulation to the jawbone and preventing its atrophy and facial sagging.
Many people find dental bridges inconvenient as they cannot be cleaned and maintained like dental implants, and there is a high chance that they might slip out of place while speaking or chewing. The same is not the case with dental implants. A single implant will hold its place and support the adjacent teeth so that a person can chew or speak without feeling uncomfortable.
To be a suitable candidate for receiving dental implants, a person must:
|Have healthy gums with no gum disease
|Have enough bone mass to support a single implant and withstand the maximum bite force
|Know how to maintain excellent oral hygiene practices, which are essential for dental implant success and health
Single Tooth Dental Implant
Single-tooth dental implants have three components: the implant body, the abutment, and a dental crown.
A dentist will surgically insert the implant into the jawbone and then allow the bone to heal for a few months. Once the implant fuses with the bone, an abutment and then later a dental crown is attached to the implant body.
People having good oral health and a strong jawbone can receive single-tooth implants with no risks or complications. If a person's jawbone is thin or doesn't have enough bone mass, then an additional procedure called bone grafting is performed.
Other Types of Dental Implants
Dental implants are not just used to replace a single missing tooth. They can also be used to replace multiple or a complete set of teeth. Here are three main types of dental implants.
Single Dental Implant
A single dental implant is used to replace just one missing tooth, from its roots all the way to the dental crown. A single dental implant can cost anywhere from $3,000 to $4,500.
Multiple Tooth Dental Implant
Multiple-tooth dental implants are more functional than removable partial dentures or fixed dental bridges. They are used to replace multiple missing teeth so that the bone is kept from deteriorating and the cosmetic appearance of a person is preserved.
Implant Supported Bridge
An implant-supported bridge is different from a traditional dental bridge in the sense that it doesn't require the reduction or grinding of adjacent teeth to support the bridge. An implant-supported bridge consists of an artificial tooth held by two dental crowns on each side connected to dental implants.
Our dentists at Lincoln Center Smiles believe that single-tooth implants are the most comfortable and long-lasting solution to a missing tooth. However, if you are still skeptical about this method of tooth replacement, our dental professionals Dr.Brian Saklofsky, DMD and can help you determine the best treatment plan according to your oral health and tooth replacement goals. Call us at (503) 598-0898 to schedule your appointment.