What is a Single Tooth Implant?
It’s not uncommon to lose a single tooth at some point in your life, and there are a few different ways you can remedy the situation including the use of dental implants and bridges.
When a lost tooth is highly visible in the mouth, it’s usually a good idea to consider some type of single tooth implant. However, even a missing tooth in the back of the mouth might also benefit from the placement of a dental implant.
You can enjoy a beautiful new, bright smile from FastNewSmile® Dental Implant Center in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Here’s what you need to know about our single implant option for tooth replacement.
A single tooth implant is made up of three parts. The tooth will consist of a high-grade titanium post that is inserted into the jaw and acts as a root, an abutment that sit on top of the post and an implant crown that Adheres to the abutment and connects to the post.
A dental implant is a permanent part of your mouth, and it’s strong enough that it acts like a real tooth. Additionally, single dental implants are independent teeth within your mouth, so they don’t rely on the surrounding teeth for support. Dental implants are a strong and long-lasting tooth replacement option.
Choosing a Single Tooth Dental Implant
Most people who lose a single tooth and seek out a replacement will either choose a dental implant or a conventional bridge. A dental bridge is created by examining the two teeth on either side of the missing tooth and using them to anchor a new tooth in place of the missing tooth between them.
A single dental implant is different in that it doesn’t rely on the surrounding teeth for support. The implant is surgically placed within the mouth with a titanium “root” and then the visible portion of the tooth is attached. The precision required to create and fit a tooth to the mouth means that a dental implant fits very well within the patient’s smile.
Getting a Single Tooth Dental Implant with us in the Dallas-Fort Worth Area
The process for getting a single tooth dental implant begins by figuring out the exact dimensions of the patient’s jaw before the implant is chosen. Every person’s mouth is a little different, and everyone won’t require the same exact implant. It’s common for dentists to utilize a dental CT scan to ensure the surgery is a success, and the patient receives the best tooth for his or her mouth.
After surgery, the healing time will vary depending on the bone quality where the dental implant was placed. In most cases, healing occurs faster when the surgery is completed on jaw bone that is more vascular and harder. If you’re considering a single tooth dental implant, you should expect a healing timeline of about 8 weeks for an implant placed in good quality/quantity bone and at least 16 weeks when place an implant in softer bone. A 3D CT scan can give us enough information in regards to both quantity and quality of bone.
Getting a single tooth dental implant can:
- Correct bite problems by making sure teeth are property distributed.
- Ensure remaining teeth don’t fall out as they shift to accommodate a missing tooth.
- Improve your ability to speak, smile, and chew
- Help you enjoy smiling again without embarrassment.