Single Tooth Dental Implant
No one wants to experience tooth loss. Whether it is one missing tooth, or several teeth, missing any can cause discomfort, inability to eat your favorite foods, unwanted shifting of other teeth, possibility for bacteria to grow, as well as the feeling of being self conscious whenever you talk or smile. At Ephrata Family Dentistry we offer single tooth replacements with dental implants. We also provide multiple tooth implants, if you are missing several teeth.
A dental implant consists of a titanium post that is surgically embedded into the jawbone. It contains an abutment that will then hold the crown, or replacement tooth in place.
What Is the Procedure for Dental Implants?
The dental implant procedure for a single implant is a two-stage process. During the first stage, the dental implant is placed, and during the second stage, the procedure is completed with the addition of a dental crown.
The dental implant is typically fitted in one visit and can be carried out under a local anesthetic or conscious sedation. The dentist will first access the jawbone by making a small incision in the gum line above the point where the implant is to be inserted. A small hole is created in the jaw and the implant is placed inside. The gum is stitched over so that you will not see the implant, and the area is left to heal. It will be approximately three months before you can return to the dentist to complete the procedure after osseointegration, a fusing of the bone to the implant, has taken place.
When you return to have the dental crown attached to the implant, the procedure is straightforward. The dentist will open up the gumline again to expose the dental implant. The abutment is attached to the implant, which protrudes through the gum. The crown is placed over this, completing the procedure and restoring your tooth.
Am I A Good Candidate For a Dental Implant?
If you are in good general health, you may be a good candidate for a dental implant. However, there are some medical conditions, such as diabetes, that could be a problem if the disease is not well-controlled.
We will give you a full assessment of your medical suitability, as well as giving your mouth and jaw a thorough examination. Dental implants may not be suitable for you if you have bone loss in the jaw, which is often a result of advanced gum disease.
However, even if you have bone loss, it may not prevent you from receiving dental implants. It just means that you may need an additional bone grafting or sinus lift procedure to provide more bone around the area where the dental implant is going to be placed.
Bone grafting is a separate surgical procedure, which requires a period of time, up to a year, to allow the bone graft to take place before the dental implant procedure can be carried out.
If you are interested in finding out if you are a good candidate for a single tooth implant, we are here for you. Contact Ephrata Family Dentistry at today to schedule a consultation appointment.