What Are Single-Tooth Dental Implants?
A single-tooth dental implant is a surgical procedure where a metal post is inserted into the jawbone to support a replacement tooth. The post acts as a root for the replacement tooth and provides stability for long-term usage.
Once the implant has fully integrated into the jawbone, an abutment (a small connector piece) is attached to the implant. This abutment is the base for the replacement tooth, which is usually a dental crown (a custom-made, tooth-shaped cap). The crown is made to match the color and shape of the surrounding teeth and is cemented or screwed onto the abutment.
With proper care, single-tooth dental implants can last a lifetime and provide a stable and natural-looking solution for missing teeth. They’re a popular choice for patients with one missing tooth, as they avoid the need to reshape or remove healthy teeth (as is often necessary with dental bridges) and offer improved oral health and long-term stability compared to other options.
Advantages Of Single-Tooth Implants Over Dental Bridges
Single-tooth implants offer several advantages over traditional dental bridges, including:
- Preservation of healthy teeth: Dental bridges require reshaping or removing healthy teeth to serve as support for the bridge. Single-tooth implants don’t affect surrounding teeth.
- Improved oral health: Dental bridges can be challenging to clean, leading to potential decay or gum disease. Single-tooth implants are easier to clean, allowing you to maintain excellent oral health.
- Long-term stability: Dental bridges have a lifespan of five to seven years and may need to be replaced. Single-tooth implants have a success rate of over 95% and can last a lifetime with proper care.
Candidates for Single-Tooth Implants
Ideal candidates for single-tooth implants include:
- Patients with a single missing tooth or several missing teeth in different locations
- Patients with good oral hygiene and a commitment to maintaining it
- Patients with sufficient jawbone density to support the implant
- Patients without any medical conditions that may affect the healing process
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does it take to get a single-tooth implant?
The length of time for receiving a single-tooth implant can vary, but it typically takes three to six months from start to finish. Each patient’s case will differ, but your dentist will provide you with a detailed timeline.
Can single-tooth implants be used for front teeth?
Yes, single-tooth implants can be used for front teeth. They provide patients with a natural-looking tooth replacement that can last them a lifetime.
Will single-tooth dental implants feel and function like my natural teeth?
Yes, single-tooth dental implants will feel and function like your natural teeth. They’re made to match the color and shape of your surrounding teeth and are securely anchored in your jawbone, allowing for normal biting and chewing abilities.
Schedule Your Consultation
If you’re considering a single-tooth implant, consult with a licensed dental professional to determine if you’re a candidate. At our Staten Island dental office, our dentists offer single-tooth dental implants. We’ll be happy to meet with you to discuss your smile goals to see if we can help you achieve them. Contact our Staten Island dentists today to schedule your appointment.
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