Single Tooth Implant
Although dentures and dental bridges are effective ways of replacing missing teeth, dental implants are considered to be the most effective and durable tooth replacement option in modern dentistry. Single tooth dental implants are screw-shaped prosthetics that are placed surgically into the jawbone in place of a missing natural tooth root. Once a dental implant becomes fused to the bone, it becomes stable enough to hold an artificial crown that can restore your chewing ability.
At Star City Dental, Dr. Melanie Fulton and Dr. Meghan Hungerford recommend getting a single tooth implant if you have lost a tooth.
How do Single Tooth Implants Work?
A single tooth implant consists of several parts:
At Star City Dental, we will first perform a dental exam to see the condition of your teeth. If only one, we may recommend a single tooth implant procedure. However, if you are missing multiple teeth and the rest of your teeth are badly damaged, we may opt to extract your remaining teeth and recommend multiple tooth implants. In a traditional single implant placement method, we will make a small incision in the gums and then make a small hole in the underlying bone. This process will be done under local anesthesia so you will not feel any pain. Once the implant is placed in your jaw, we will wait for it to fuse with the jawbone in a process known as osseointegration. This process can take anywhere between two to eight months or even more, depending on the health of your jaw. When your jaw is healed, we will attach the abutment to the implant and place a crown on top of it.
Benefits of Single Tooth Implants
A single tooth implant offers a lot of benefits over dentures and dental bridges.
Your dental implants are the next best alternative to natural teeth. However, you need to take care of your oral hygiene and get your implants checked during routine dental checkups to ensure they serve you for a long time. If you are missing a tooth, call us at (402) 858-0525 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Melanie Fulton and Dr. Meghan Hungerford so we can determine whether a single tooth implant is the right option for you.