When you have a single tooth missing an implant and a crown is used to replace it, this is often called as single tooth implant. You can restore your missing or failing teeth with our single tooth implant, a artificial root for your teeth, made up of titanium screws that are designed to permanently fuse to your jawbone. Single tooth implant replaces both the missing tooth and its root. An implant function and feels like natural tooth and they won't move or shift.
The single tooth implant provides several advantages over other tooth replacement options. In addition to looking and functioning like a natural tooth, a dental implant replaces a single tooth without sacrificing the health of adjacent teeth. Other common treatment for the loss of a single tooth, a tooth-supported fixed bridge, requires that adjacent teeth be grind down to support the cemented bridge.
The implant, which usually looks like a cylindrical screw, is placed into your jaw. The implant and the bone are allowed to bond together over the next two to six months, which forms an anchor for your artificial tooth. During this period, a temporary restoration will be placed over implant.
As a second step the implant is uncover an extension is attached. This acts as a temporary healing cap which completes the foundation on which a new tooth will be placed. It will take couple of weeks to heal following this procedure.
Also there are one-stage implants available that do not require this second step, they already has the extension piece attached. Your periodontist will work with you to determine which system is best for you.
As a last step a replacement tooth called a crown will be created for you by your dentist and attached to a small metal post, called an abutment. After a short period, you will experience restored confidence in your smile and your ability to eat and speak. Dental implants are so natural-looking and feeling you may forget you ever lost a tooth.
It’s important to note, every case is different, and some of these steps can be combined if conditions permit. Dental professional will work with you to determine the best treatment plan for you.