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What Are Single Tooth Implants?

Single tooth implants are a solution to replace a missing tooth. The implant is placed into the jawbone, and a crown is affixed to the implant. Single tooth implants are a great option for patients seeking a long lasting solution that protects the healthy teeth around the implant. The implant replaces the tooth root, and preserves bone in the jaw. The implant heals and fuses with the jawbone, providing stability and strength for the implants. Single tooth implants are easier to care for, and can last a lifetime compared to other options for tooth replacement.

Am I a Good Candidate for a Single Tooth Implant?

Patients that have a missing tooth, and are in good general or oral health are good candidates for single tooth implants. Adequate bone in the jaw is required to provide enough support for the implant, and gum tissue should always be free of periodontal disease. As part of our consultation process, we will evaluate the health of your mouth and gums, discuss health history, and review x-rays. A customized treatment plan will be created, and we will listen to your goals to determine the best option.

Benefits of Single Tooth Implants

  • Maintains jaw structure and promotes bone growth
  • Easier to keep clean compared to other tooth replacement options
  • Looks natural and the process keeps surrounding teeth intact
  • Implants are built to last for years, or a lifetime if cared for properly
  • Restores chewing and jaw functionality
  • Implants are fused to the jawbone which provides strength and stability

How Do Single Tooth Implants Work?

Multiple appointments are required for patients in need of a single tooth implant. A consultation is always required to take a look at your mouth, review x-rays, and discuss your goals. Once we have determined a customized treatment plan, the patient can return to our office to have the implant placed in the jawbone. After the implant is placed there is a healing process that must take place to allow the implant to fuse to the jawbone. This gives the implant strength and stability and allows the jawbone to grow around the implant.

Once the healing process is completed an abutment is connected to the implant to allow the crown to be securely attached. Custom crowns are made for each patient to match the size, shape, and color of your natural teeth. Single tooth implants function like natural teeth, giving patients a durable and long-lasting restorative solution for missing teeth. Single tooth implants restore a patient’s smile, and allow patients to eat, chew, and speak properly.

If you are interested in finding out if single tooth implants are right for you, contact Westchase Dentist to schedule your consultation.