Single Tooth Implants
Implant dentistry has made strides in the past few decades. Single tooth implants are a standard treatment option for missing one or more teeth. If you have lost a natural tooth, an implant could be the solution for you! Azure Dental offers several options for replacing natural teeth, and our team is dedicated to providing excellent patient care for your dental needs.
What is a single tooth dental implant?
Whether you had a tooth extraction or lost a permanent tooth due to trauma or some other reason, a restorative dentist can offer a tooth replacement option to restore your smile.
A dental implant consists of a titanium post surgically placed into the jawbone to replace a missing tooth. The implant acts as the tooth root, and a dental crown is then placed on top of the implant to replace the missing tooth. Implants offer a permanent and natural solution for those missing natural teeth.
Parts of the implant include:
- Implant body: The implant body is the implant part placed into the jaw bone.
- Implant abutment: The implant abutment is the part of the implant that attaches the implant to the dental crown.
- Dental crown: The dental crown is the part of the implant that replaces the missing tooth.
How Single Dental Implants Improve Oral Health
To maintain your dental health and overall wellbeing, you should replace missing teeth as soon as possible. A lost tooth or missing teeth can impact your oral health in many ways, including:
- Alignment issues
- Bone loss
- Gum recession
- Gum disease
These can lead to further issues, including tooth loss and more complications if left untreated. Dental implants help restore your oral health to have healthy gums and teeth.
Benefits of dental implants include:
- They are a permanent solution for missing teeth.
- They can provide improved oral health.
- The patient will have improved speech and chewing ability.
- In addition, replacement teeth provide an enhanced appearance.
Temporary tooth replacement options are not as durable as implant-supported teeth. However, a single dental implant can restore functionality and enhance the appearance of your smile. It also helps with preventing bone loss where the natural tooth was.
What to Expect During Single Tooth Replacement Surgery
The placement of a dental implant is a minimally invasive procedure that is typically performed in an outpatient setting. However, it requires multiple appointments because healing time is necessary for the bone to fuse to the titanium post and the gums heal fully.
Implant surgery includes a dental cleaning and x-ray to determine the location of the implant posts. Sometimes bone grafting must be done for patients will low bone density to ensure the implant’s stability. Preparation and careful planning of the dental implant procedure is critical to the implant’s success.
Our oral surgeon will numb the location for the implant and carefully make an incision.
Step 1: The implant is placed into the jawbone in the location of the missing tooth.
Step 2: A healing abutment is attached to the implant.
Step 3: The gum is closed around the healing abutment.
Step 4: The implant heals and fuses to the jawbone.
Step 5: The dental crown, or artificial teeth, is placed on the implant.
Recovery time will vary depending on your situation. Generally, you can expect to feel some pain and swelling in the implant area, which is normal and will subside within a few days. You will also be given instructions on caring for your implant site post-surgery.
The full process usually takes about six months. However, single tooth implants offer a permanent and natural solution for missing teeth. If you consider a dental implant for your missing tooth, please get in touch with Azure Dental in San Francisco for more information.
How much do single tooth implants cost?
The cost of dental implants in the San Francisco area will vary depending on your situation and the type of implant you choose. Dental implants are more expensive than dentures or a dental bridge in most cases. However, implants offer a more permanent solution and provide many benefits that other options cannot match.
Some insurance plans will cover part of the cost of dental implants, so be sure to check with your insurance provider before scheduling your appointment. We also offer several other financing options, and our staff can work closely with you to find a solution that fits your needs.
Replace Your Missing Teeth With Dental Implants at Azure Dental
Dental implants are a permanent solution for missing teeth. Patients seeking to replace one tooth or multiple teeth should contact Azure Dental in San Francisco, CA, to see if a dental implant is right for them. We proudly serve our San Francisco Bay area patients with compassion and care and want every patient to enjoy a healthy smile they will love for years to come.
Schedule a consultation today to learn more about dental implants and how they can improve your oral health and wellbeing.