While there are several alternatives for replacing missing teeth, such as partial dentures or dental bridges with dental crowns on either side, most experts recommend single-tooth dental implants as the best tooth replacement option.
Am I Eligible for Dental Implants?Due to inadequate bone or tooth support, poor oral hygiene, or pain and discomfort, some people cannot wear conventional dentures or bridges comfortably. Typical bridges also need to be secured to the teeth on every side of the gap caused by the lost tooth. A benefit of dental implants is that the new substitute teeth don't need to be secured by grinding down or preparing the teeth next to them.
An individual dental implant is used to restore a single lost tooth, known as a single tooth implant. The missing tooth root is replaced with a titanium post that the dentist screws into a jawbone. The titanium post is then covered with a dental crown.
For dental implants to be placed, you must have the following:
|•||Gums that are healthy
|•||Enough bone for the dental implant to be supported (or be eligible for bone grafting)|
To guarantee the long-term effectiveness and health of your dental implants, be sure to practice good dental hygiene practices and attend frequent dental appointments.
Single-Tooth Implants: When Are They Used?Permanent tooth replacement is possible with dental implants. An implant will be surgically inserted into the jawbone by the dentist. The dental implant acts as the substitute "root" after it has fused to the bone. A crown, often referred to as a cap, is fastened to the implant to restore the lost tooth.
The jawbone must be robust enough to sustain the implant for you to be eligible for dental implants. Teeth adjacent and any surrounding tissue must be in excellent condition. Bone grafting may be used to add more bone if there isn't enough to support it.
The dentist must first thoroughly evaluate your medical history and perform an examination. Dental implants may not be an option for several medical conditions, such as liver illness, diabetes, or a severe bleeding ailment.
How Do Implants for a Single Tooth Function?The components of a single-tooth implant are as follows:
|•||The titanium implant is inserted into the jawbone and is fashioned like a post or screw.
|•||The abutment is affixed to the dental implant. This component joins the implant and crown.
|•||The crown: Your crown can be made of porcelain fused to metal, all-porcelain, or all-metal. The crown will be fabricated to coordinate with the rest of your teeth and secured to the foundation.|
Can You Get Multiple Tooth Implants?Dental implants may be connected to a denture or dental bridge for individuals who have lost many teeth. A whole row of teeth may be replaced with a bridge and multiple dental implants. Without the need for crowns, a fixed implant and bridge combination may replace multiple teeth with as few as two dental implants.
Whereas a complete denture restores every tooth on the lower or upper arch, a partial denture attaches to tooth implants to restore a few teeth. Both complete and partial dentures may be removable or fixed. A complete denture may be stabilized with as few as four, and up to six, implants for maximum stability. The dentures will be entirely stable and never slide or wobble out of position, thanks to their connection to the dental implants.
Since numerous dental implants have the same biting and chewing strength as natural teeth, they are popular among many. It may be challenging to distinguish between dental implants and real teeth.
FAQs for Single-Tooth ImplantsHere are some common questions patients ask before getting single-tooth implants.
Is it Painful to Get Single-Tooth Dental Implants?The technique for single-tooth dental implants is typically doable with local anesthesia and is rather simple. After the procedure, you may feel pain, and you'll likely be given medication to aid with any discomfort you might feel. Nonetheless, most patients generally state that the surgery was not painful—certainly far less than they anticipated.
How Long Will the Procedure Last?Depending on the intricacy of the situation, a single tooth implant may often be placed in about an hour. It will depend on how much extra bone or gum work has to be done and any further bone grafting that needs to be done.
How Long Do Dental Implants Last?Since dental implants are identical to natural teeth, they should endure for several years with proper care. A very tiny possibility exists that an implant won't osseointegrate or won't bond with the bone. The likelihood of this developing in the upper jaw is between one and two percent. If this occurs, we would extract the implant and might have to put in another implant a few weeks later. We would typically notice this in the healing process following dental implant placement. More than 90% of dental implants that have been successfully integrated and are operating will still work well after 25 years. Dental implants are a reliable and long-term tooth restoration option as a result.
What Happens If I Don't Have Enough Bone?The amount and quality of jawbone available are essential for effective dental implants. When there is insufficient bone, we may need to make the difference by adding a little expansion to the dental implant. Based on the severity of this insufficiency, we may often do this procedure concurrently with implant insertion.
Book Your Appointment Now!To create the best restorative dentistry treatment plan, our dental experts at Boones Landing Dental Center will thoroughly examine your teeth and go over your medical history and needs in order to offer advice on whether you can get single-tooth implants.
Call us at (503) 601-0610 to schedule your appointment for single-tooth dental implants.