If you have lost one or a few natural teeth, a single implant may be needed to replace those teeth. Many people may lose a single tooth for many reasons like injury, cavities, or gum disease. Single tooth implants can be beneficial for patients who still have healthy teeth and only need to replace one tooth.
If you are interested in a single tooth replacement in Milford or West Haven, contact our office today to schedule an appointment with our dental team.
When you come in for an implant restoration, we will first determine if you are a good candidate and take x-rays to accurately plan the implant placement. Some patients may require additional treatments before implant placement, such as bone grafting. When your mouth is ready, you will return to our office and begin the implant placement process.
Our dentist will insert the implant post into the jaw bone where the missing tooth is located. The implant replaces your natural tooth root and acts as your new tooth root to hold the replacement prosthetic. Once the tooth implant has been placed, it needs time to heal before any dental crowns or other restorations can be placed on top of it.
Once the implant has healed, the next step is placing a temporary restoration over the implant. This allows us to make sure everything fits properly and looks great. After this is done, we will attach the abutment, which connects the crown to the implant.
The final step in dental implant treatment is cementing the prosthetic crown onto the abutment. This helps protect the implant from bacteria and keeps the crown looking beautiful. At this point, your mouth should be fully healed, and your tooth implant and crown should be functioning just like your own natural teeth. You should take proper care of your mouth and implant to ensure it heals correctly and lasts you many years.
Endosteal implants are the most common type of dental implant used. They are placed directly into the jawbone and are made up of the screw, the abutment, and the dental prosthetic such as a dental bridge or crown. These are ideal for helping preserve the bone structure of the jaw and have a higher implant success rate than subperiosteal implants.
Subperiosteal implants are less commonly used but are ideal for patients who have experienced jaw bone loss. They are used when the patient doesn’t have enough bone mass to support an endosteal dental implant and cannot get a bone graft. They are usually placed under the gum line and above the jawbone. They are made up of a metal frame that sits on top of the jawbone that will support the dental prosthetic.
Dental Implants Are Life-Changing!
If you’re missing one or more of your teeth and would prefer not to have a bridge or full/partial dentures, you might consider exploring whether you’d be a good candidate for dental implants.
Implant treatment is an effective tooth replacement option, and it offers many benefits to our patients, including:
Single tooth replacement is a great treatment option for dental patients who need to restore their smile after injury or tooth decay. It is ideal for those who only need a single tooth replaced and have most of their adjacent teeth remaining.
To learn more about how dental implants can benefit you and your oral health, call us today to schedule a dental care appointment.