Whether you are missing a tooth because of trauma or decay, a single tooth implant is often the optimal way to replace it. This sophisticated treatment is widely regarded as the gold standard for restoring missing teeth and will give you a replacement tooth that looks and feels every bit as good as your natural tooth.
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A single tooth implant consists of a single implant post or screw made from high-quality titanium alloy or a ceramic material called zirconia. A special attachment is fitted to the implant post and is called an abutment, and this supports the final restoration, which is an implant crown.
A single implant tooth provides the most natural-looking restoration, giving you a tooth that emerges from your gums, just like the real thing. We take great care when designing and crafting implant restorations, ensuring you receive an implant crown that blends in beautifully with your surrounding teeth.
A single tooth implant is super easy to care for as you can brush and floss around it exactly like a natural tooth. Brushing at least twice daily and flossing once daily, combined with regular checkups and cleanings, will help you to maintain a healthy, strong implant that should last for years.
Even a single missing tooth can make a tremendous difference to your dental health. Your remaining teeth will drift out of place, affecting their stability and your bite. Over time, the bone that used to surround your original tooth root begins to resorb.
A dental implant protects your jawbone and prevents resorption. Because the implant is self-supporting, it prevents unwanted tooth movements and shares the stresses created as you bite and chew food.
Alternative treatments include a conventional dental bridge or a dental flipper or one tooth denture.
Single dental implants are suitable for anyone with reasonable dental and medical health and who may be missing a tooth because of trauma or decay. Sometimes teeth are congenitally missing, meaning they never developed. Age isn’t a barrier generally, but your teeth and jaws must have finished growing. Usually, an implant dentist cannot fit a dental implant until a patient is at least aged 18.
Initially, we will need to review your medical and dental history to ensure you are suitable for implant treatment. Next, we take digital dental x-rays and a cone beam CT scan to plan your treatment accurately. Using this information, we identify the correct location for the implant, ensuring it is surrounded by plenty of healthy bone.
A single implant can be placed in as little as an hour, and many people feel comfortable with just a local anesthetic. If you would prefer extra sedation, we can discuss suitable options with you.
During the dental implant procedure, a small incision is made into your gum so we can see the bone underneath, identifying where the implant must be placed. The implant is inserted into the jawbone during surgery, where it soon begins to fuse with the bone around it, a process called osseointegration.
While the implant heals, we can place a healing cap over the implant, which protects it and helps to shape the gum tissue. Shaping the gum tissue ensures excellent aesthetic results, and that the implant crown is surrounded by gum that is easy to keep clean. During healing, we provide a temporary tooth as we will never leave you without a smile. It takes several months to finish the healing process, after which the post is strong enough to support an implant crown.
Recovery afterward is usually very quick and uneventful. Most people have few side-effects, and any discomfort should be minor and easily relieved with over-the-counter painkillers. It’s not unusual to feel no discomfort whatsoever. You should feel well enough to return to work or everyday activities the next day.
A well-maintained dental implant can last for decades, so in the longer term, it is an extremely economical solution while giving you the next best thing to having your natural tooth restored.
Our periodontists here at Gentle Dental can discuss all the single tooth implant treatment options suitable for your situation. For more information about single tooth implant in Queens, contact Gentle Dental at (718) 461-0100.