Single Tooth Dental Implants
Like most dental implants, a single tooth dental implant restores the function and aesthetics of the damaged tooth with the highest level of satisfaction. At Periodontal Associates, our Aurora / Littleton single tooth dental implant experts feel this solution looks and feels most similar to the lost natural tooth.
Of course, this is a biologically driven procedure and thus sometimes restoring or rebuilding the surrounding bone needs to take place prior. If this is the case, the implant would be placed at the point when the bone is healed and that predictable long-term success can be achieved.
Typically, there are three parts to the implant. The first is the implant itself. This is the part that goes into the bone to secure it in place. The second part is the abutment which is screwed into the internal part of the implant. Your dentist will make a crown that fists intimately with the abutment. They will then be able to screw the crown into place or use a dental cement to secure. In the end, the restoration will look fabulous and be a predictable tooth replacement.
Advantages of Single Tooth Implants
- Immediately functioning teeth
- Excellent aesthetic result
- Implant made of titanium, so not susceptible to caries
- Lifelong stable solution
- Minimal discomfort (done with local anesthetic, similar to a filling)
- Short healing time
Single Tooth Dental Implant Treatment Process
One of the main advantages of dental implants is that both during and after treatment there is virtually no discomfort. It is not unusual for patients to express that they had little to no discomfort.
Likewise, Drs. Heller, Beckman, Thousand, Hyer, and Versman would expect the patient to return to work the very next day with little to no concerns. We would anticipate a short healing time following placement and we confirm osseointegration (bone adhering to the dental implant-giving the implant long term stability) by taking a dental radiograph.
Assuming all looks good, the patient would return to their general dentist and begin the process of fabricating the tooth portion or crown. The dentist would take an impression of the dental implant and in short order the tooth would be made. Of all the things we do in dentistry, dental implant tooth replacement may be considered one of the best.