Yes, you can get single-tooth implants. These are the most performed implant procedure unless you have multiple teeth missing. In this case, the dentist may opt for all-on-4 implants or implant-supported dentures or bridges.
A dental implant is a screw-like titanium fixture that replaces the tooth root. Tooth implants can successfully replace your missing teeth by attaching to the jawbone and act as roots for artificial teeth or bridges.
They are made from a metal alloy, titanium. The process to get one is simple and takes about an hour. Implants restore an attractive, healthy smile that everyone will admire. Tooth implants can also help prevent further tooth loss because it replaces the roots to stop bone deterioration.
Several types of implants are available, but only two are commonly used when fixing one or two missing teeth–endosteal and subperiosteal.
These are the traditional teeth implants and are fixed on in the jawbone. You, however, need to have sufficient jawbone density to have the implants fixed. Otherwise, the dentist will opt for other options like the subperiosteal versions.
Subperiosteal implants are similar to the endosteal ones, but they are fixed above the jawbone. These implants are ideal for people with low bone density.
Other types of implants include all-on-4 and mini implants.
Dental implants offer many benefits over dentures or other tooth replacement options. These include:
Tooth implants are designed to match the rest of your teeth, so they look more natural than dental bridges and slightly better than dentures.
Your dentist will ensure that there is enough healthy tissue around your teeth before placing a dental implant. With dentures, you have to keep your gums healthy yourself because if they become infected or inflamed, they can no longer support the dentures.
Tooth implants hold their shape better than other tooth replacement options, and they are less likely to break off when chewing food. Better fitting tooth implants don’t slide around like dentures, so you can bite and chew normally without worrying about your teeth moving or falling out.
Unlike dentures and bridges, teeth implants can preserve your jawbone. Bone deterioration is a common problem with missing teeth, and the process can be stopped when the implants are fixed. This is because the teeth implants act as roots and also fuse to the bone.
The implant restoration procedure is done in a few steps, spread over a couple of months. The process begins with a comprehensive dental assessment, where the dentist will examine the dental structure to determine if dental implants are a suitable solution.
If you lack the required bone density, a bone graft may be an ideal solution to rectify the problem.
Bone grafting is the process of transplanting autologous bone to deficient areas in the jaw. The procedure is primarily required to support dental implants at the gum line. The dentist will use bone grafts from different sources, mostly allograft (cadaveric) or autograft (the patient’s own).
This is a crucial process in your implant procedure, and its success will determine the outcome of the implant treatment.
Osseointegration occurs when the implant and the bone fuse. The process is vital because it reduces the need for a second surgical intervention to facilitate anchorage.
A dental abutment is what connects the implant and the crown. The connector may be placed during your implant placement procedure or after.
During the procedure, the dentist will open the gums, fix the connector, and stitch them back. The abutment tooth can take several weeks to heal and be ready for the crown.
The final steps involve fixing the dental crown, which can be either screwed or cemented in place.
You do expect some discomfort and soreness for up to two weeks. After the two weeks is over, your body and mouth should adjust well. You may also experience swelling in the first couple of days but clear up with home remedies.
Visit Dr. Dani Dental for more information about dental implant procedures and what you can expect.