Benefits of Single-Tooth Implants
Losing a single tooth obviously creates a gap in your mouth, but it also leads to adjacent teeth shifting and affects the structural integrity of your jaw and bones. That can lead to wrinkles, aging and further problems down the road. So what are your options when you lose a single tooth? A conventional bridge is a popular and affordable solution, but the process involves reforming adjacent teeth to hold the bridge. Single tooth implants, however, are the ultimate single-tooth replacement option.
Here are some of their benefits:
- They look and feel like your natural tooth.
- They replace your tooth’s root, preserving the bone in your jaw.
- They’re easier to clean than a bridge.
- They look and perform better in the long run.
Single tooth implants have even more benefits, one of which is the fairly easy procedure.
How Single Tooth Implants Work
The single tooth implant process can be broken down to four basics steps. Here is a breakdown of how single tooth implants work, from the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID):
- “Consultation and planning, including initial exam, imaging of your teeth, questions about your dental and medical history, and discussion of your treatment options.
- Placement of the dental implant, a substitute for the missing natural tooth root, either with or without a built-in abutment (a connector placed on, or built into, the top of the implant) that will attach to the replacement tooth. A temporary tooth can be placed while the dental implant integrates with your natural bone to form a strong foundation for your replacement tooth. Most people return to work the next day.
- Placement of the abutment, if one wasn’t placed during the prior visit.
- Placement of a custom-made crown, or replacement tooth.”
If you need to replace multiple dental implants, Dr. Korwin offers the All-on-4 treatment to give you a beautiful new smile in 1 visit.
If you’d like to know more about single tooth implants, schedule a consultation with Dr. Korwin today!
Dental Implant FAQs
What do dental implants do?
Implants are substitutes for tooth roots. A tooth shaped crown, or a denture is attached to the implant to act like a natural tooth.
Is everyone a candidate for implants?
Almost all people are good candidates for implants. Limits usually are because of preexisting health conditions or medications which cause difficulty in healing.
Are implants painful?
Dental implant surgery has advanced to the point that almost all procedures are painless and fast.
Is there only one type of dental implant?
Implants are made in many shapes by many manufacturers. It is best to rely on the dentist’s advice to select the proper type of implant for your mouth.
I was told I do not have enough bone. Does this rule out implants for me?
Sometimes bone grafting can be done to allow enough bone for placement of implants. Speak to your dentist about this.
How long does it take to complete implant treatment?
Some implant treatments can take as little as a few days, and some treatment which include bone grafts or recent extraction sites in the sinus area can take as long as one year. The time varies by patient and site.
How do I know if my dentist is qualified to place implants.
Look for a dentist with credentials that indicate specific training in this area. Dr Korwin has taken many hours of extra education on implants, and is a Master of the International College of Oral Implantologists.
Do implants require special care?
An implant is just like your natural tooth. The care you give your teeth is just right for your implant. Please call us to discuss this in detail with Dr Korwin.