Single Tooth Implants
Who doesn’t desire the perfect set of teeth? Unfortunately, certain unforeseen circumstances and events can put a damper on your dream and lead to lost or missing teeth.
Thanks to dental technology and many experimental studies, restorative dentistry has made our lives a whole lot easier. One of the biggest gifts that restorative dentistry has given us is dental implants.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are basically small screws made of titanium, a biocompatible material. These small metal posts are placed into the part of the jawbone where one has a lost or missing tooth. Over time, an implant merges with the jawbone to form a solid foundation for an artificial crown. Once completely installed, a dental implant looks and performs exactly like a natural tooth.
There are two kinds of dental implants: single-tooth implants and multiple teeth implants. As the name suggests, in case you lose a single tooth, you will need to get a single-tooth implant. On the other hand, if you lose multiple teeth due to an accident or some other reason, you will need multiple teeth implants.
The Procedure for a Single-Tooth Implant
These are the steps involved in getting a single-tooth implant in case of missing teeth.
Before diving into installing your implants, our dentist will call you in for an initial consultation. During this consultation, they will examine your teeth and gums to see if your jawbone has the ability to receive and sustain an implant. This is quite necessary because dental implants are not suitable for those who lack bone structure. We may also ask for your medical history since dental implants require you to undergo surgery.
If the evaluation goes well, and you’re in good health and have sufficient bone density, our dental implant specialists will go ahead and schedule the procedure. In case you lack bone structure, we will probably recommend getting a bone graft procedure before the dental implants.
Dental Implant Placement
Once you’ve been cleared to get dental implants, we will schedule an appointment for your dental implant surgery. You will be placed under anesthesia during this procedure. Our dentist will cut into your gum tissue and drill a hole into your jawbone to attach the titanium post.
Once the surgery is complete, you won’t need to visit us for another three to six months, which is the time your jawbone will need to integrate with the post for a solid foundation.
Just as soon as your jawbone merges with the titanium post and heals, we will attach a topper, known as the abutment, to the post.
Dental Crown Placement
Finally, once the abutment has been placed, we will take impressions of your teeth and send an order to the dental lab for a crown. A dental crown is typically made of porcelain, which is color-matched to blend in with your natural teeth. Once the dental crown arrives, our dentist will attach it to the implant, and your dental implants will be complete.
Here at Frank W. Sallustio DDS, MS, FACP, we believe that dental implants are the perfect solution to restore your oral health while improving the aesthetics of your smile.
For more information, questions, or to schedule an appointment, contact us at (623) 975-0796.
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