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Single Tooth Implant
Austin, TX

Photo of a group of smiling older women with dental implants from Sola Smile Co. in Austin, TXDental implants have completely changed how we replace missing teeth. With 120 million Americans missing at least one tooth, this advancement is significant. The field of implant dentistry has transformed the treatment of lost teeth across the world, and our Sola Smile Co. experts are right at the forefront of it. Whether you wear full or partial dentures or you simply need to replace one or multiple missing teeth, dental implants can provide the same appearance, sensation, and functionality as natural teeth.

What Does a Single Tooth Implant Mean?

A single tooth implant is a dental procedure where a missing tooth is replaced with an artificial tooth that looks, feels, and functions like a natural tooth. This process typically involves three main components: the implant itself, which is a small titanium post surgically placed into the jawbone; an abutment, which connects the implant to the artificial tooth; and the crown, the visible part of the replacement tooth that is custom-made to match the color and shape of the surrounding teeth. This solution offers a permanent and durable option for restoring a missing tooth without affecting neighboring teeth, enhancing both appearance and functionality.

Types of Single Tooth Implants

In many situations, a single tooth implant involves embedding just one tooth into the jawbone. This method is particularly successful for individuals with a strong, healthy jawbone. However, those with less healthy jawbones may also consider zygomatic options. Here are the primary types of single tooth implants.

Endosteal Implants

These are the most commonly placed implants. The implant is placed directly into the jawbone. After a few weeks, a second surgery is required to attach a post to the implant. Eventually, an artificial tooth or teeth are placed onto the post.

Subperiosteal Implants

This type is used where a patient has limited healthy bone. A metal frame is placed onto the jawbone beneath the gum tissue. As the body heals, the frame is fully attached to the jaw. Posts, connected to the frame, extend through the gums. Artificial teeth are attached to these posts.

Zygomatic Implants

A zygomatic implant is a specialized type of dental implant used when traditional implants cannot be placed due to insufficient bone density in the jaw. Instead of being anchored into the jawbone, zygomatic implants are anchored in the cheekbone (zygomatic bone). This type of implant extends into the upper jaw, providing stability and support for dental restorations such as dental bridges or dentures. Zygomatic implants are typically recommended for individuals who have experienced significant bone loss in the upper jaw, often due to long-term tooth loss or conditions like periodontal disease. They offer a viable solution for restoring oral function and aesthetics in these challenging cases.

Single Tooth Implant Process

Getting a single tooth implant can be a lengthy process, but the outcome is worth it! If your dentist finds that your jawbone is not strong enough for the implant, the first step is bone grafting. This involves adding bone from another source or using synthetic material to strengthen your jaw. In this case, your jaw needs four to 12 months to heal before the implant can be placed.

Implant Placement

The procedure for getting a dental implant involves oral surgery, usually with local anesthesia. Your oral surgeon will cut into your gum to expose the bone and drill holes where the metal implant will be positioned. After this surgery, you will still have a gap where your tooth used to be. Your dentist might create a temporary solution to fill this gap for cosmetic purposes. However, with a same-day implant, you may be able to get a tooth implant immediately.

Placing the Abutment

After the implant has successfully fused with the bone, your dentist may decide to put a healing cap in place. This aids in the proper healing of the gum tissue, usually requiring around two weeks. Following this period, the cap is taken off, and the abutment is connected to the implant. While the gums continue to heal around the abutment, you will be provided with a temporary crown.

Getting the Crown

Your dentist will make a final impression to create your dental crown. This dental crown will be either cemented or screwed onto the abutment to secure it permanently in place. You should care for this new tooth"just like any other in your mouth, with regular brushing and flossing to maintain healthy gums.

According to the American Academy of Periodontology, the process for each single tooth implant can vary. Some of these steps might be combined, depending on your specific situation.

Potential Complications

There is a chance of an implant failing for various reasons, such as developing a rare infection or inadequate adjustment of the bite (the way your teeth come together). Also, clenching or grinding your teeth can exert too much pressure on the implant, leading to bone loss or implant failure. Poor oral hygiene and infrequent professional care can also contribute to implant failure.

When implants are used to replace lower teeth, there is a risk of injuring a nerve in the jawbone, causing numbness or tingling. This could be temporary until the nerve heals, or it might be permanent. However, X-rays and CT scans help your dentist locate the nerve and reduce the risk of injury. Another potential risk is sinus problems, though these risks are rare.

Who Can Have a Single Tooth Implant

For some individuals, traditional bridges and dentures are not comfortable or feasible due to reasons like insufficient bone or tooth support, poor oral hygiene, discomfort, or gag reflex. Additionally, standard bridges require attaching to adjacent teeth, while implants offer an advantage as they do not require any preparation of neighboring teeth. To qualify for implants, you should have healthy gums, sufficient bone support for the implant, good oral hygiene practices, and regular dental check-ups to ensure the implants remain successful and healthy in the long term.

Single tooth implants are easier to perform than multiple-tooth ones. They also heal much faster. When it comes to implants, a professional dentist should take center stage. At Sola Smile Co., we pride ourselves in maintaining high standards and an admirable success rate for dental implants. We know what it takes to restore a missing tooth and are ready to help you. If you need a single tooth implant, contact us at Sola Smile Co., and we will discuss your options.
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