Single Tooth Implant Colorado Springs CO
Believe it or not, about 120 million people in the United States are missing at least one tooth. Luckily, there have never been more effective and beautiful replacement options thanks to advances in restorative materials, techniques, and dental technology. One of our most popular options done by Andrew Miller, DDS and Francisco Darquea, DDS at SmileCOS Dentistry involves the placement of a dental implant, which we then attach to a prosthetic tooth.
What Is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a small screw, typically made from titanium, which mimics the root element of a missing tooth. During a brief healing period, the implant screw and your jawbone fuse together, forming a powerful bond capable of supporting a restoration. This fusion process between the implant and your bone is known as osseointegration.
An implant-supported restoration usually consists of three components: the screw, the abutment, and the prosthesis. The abutment is a support structure made from either titanium or ceramic, which links the screw to your restoration. A single implant screw is used to support a dental crown, while a series of implants can be used for a fixed bridge or even a full-arch appliance.
The Dental Implant Process
As with any restorative dentistry, the single tooth implant process begins with a consultation exam. During your exam, Andrew Miller, DDS or Francisco Darquea, DDS will use advanced diagnostic tools to determine if an implant is right for you. Once we determine you are a suitable candidate, we can schedule your procedure.
The single tooth implant procedure is generally broken up into a few appointments. During your first appointment, we will place the implant screw underneath the gum tissue and into the jawbone.
Once the implant is in place, we must wait until the healing process, and osseointegration is complete. This can take anywhere from six months to a year. After the implant fully fuses to your bone, we can schedule your second appointment.
During this appointment, we will check the status of your implant and take an impression of the area. We may also give you a temporary crown to restore function and protect the implant while we fabricate your final restoration. Over the next couple of weeks, our laboratory technicians will use the impression to fabricate your ceramic crown.
At a final appointment, your doctor will remove the temporary, and check the margins of your new implant-supported crown. Before we permanently attach your crown to the abutment, we must ensure a perfect fit.
In some cases, we can also place your implant and crown during the same appointment. This is possible thanks to our CEREC system, which involves the use of computer-aided design and manufacturing.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants have become the industry standard over the last few decades due to their many benefits. Above all else, your single tooth implant will look, feel, and function just like a natural one. Because the implant becomes a part of your bone, you should experience superior durability, security, and comfort while eating and speaking.
Dental implants are also more convenient. In other words, your single tooth implant will not require any specialized care. You should be able to brush and floss your restoration as you would your natural teeth. With the proper care and maintenance, an implant can last decades, even a lifetime.
Many patients choose implant treatment for cosmetic reasons, as well. Most implant-supported restoration will be fabricated using porcelain, zirconia, or some other ceramic compound. Ceramic materials can be shaped, textured, and polished to match the appearance of natural enamel, resulting in an esthetically-pleasing crown.
Finally, dental implants are the only tooth replacement that helps prevent bone deterioration. Besides keeping your remaining teeth from shifting out of position, the implant screw stimulates the bone as a tooth root would, keeping your jaw healthy and strong.
Single Tooth Implant
Have you lost your tooth due to tooth extraction, injury, or trauma? A single-tooth implant is a replacement method that resembles and works like the natural tooth. Single tooth implants performed by the skillful and experienced SmileCOS Dentistry dentists will guarantee you confidence and ensure your smile aesthetics and functions are restored.
What is a Single Tooth Implant?
A single tooth implant is an irreversible dental procedure that replaces the missing tooth with its root. The implant comprises an abutment, implant post, and crown. The restoration process will need invasive surgery to help put a titanium screw in the jawbone. The screw will be the tooth root supporting the crown that will resemble and function like a natural tooth.
How Do Single Tooth Implants Work?
Single tooth implants replace the structure of the entire tooth. The restoration process comprises three parts. The single tooth implant is a minor procedure requiring local anesthesia.
A single titanium fixture will be placed on the jaw, ensuring all the surrounding teeth are in position. After placing the single tooth implant, the recovery and healing period will last between three to six months. However, this will depend on your current health status and how your body will respond.
Who Should Get a Single Tooth Implant?
Single tooth implants are an excellent solution for those who have missing teeth due to decay, gum disease, or injury. The single tooth implant is suitable for those with enough bone to help secure the implants. Patients who are eligible to have a bone graft whenever necessary have healthy gum or oral tissues. You can also consider having a single tooth implant if you do not have an underlying condition that can slow down bone healing.
How Long Does a Single Tooth Implant Last?
A single tooth implant can last a lifetime with regular dental checkups, flossing, and brushing. However, due to wear and tear, you will have to replace the crown after 10 to 15 years.
How Long Does a Single Tooth Implant Take?
The whole process of a single tooth implant restoration can take six to 12 months. The period is this long since there are times spared between the processes that allow the jawbone to heal.
Is a Single Tooth Implant Worth It?
Single tooth implants are worth it! When you consider the single tooth implant functionality, durability, and appearance, they are the most reliable and long-term solution whenever you need to replace a missing tooth.
Is It Painful To Get A Single Tooth Implant?
Our dentists will always administer anesthesia before embarking on the treatment procedure, making it not painful.
However, it is common to experience some discomfort and mild pain after the procedure. These can be managed by cold compresses and over-the-counter medications. There are times when you may have to follow a post-surgery diet of consuming soft foods.
The single tooth implant is a reliable and effective method of replacing an individual tooth. It does not matter if you have lost your tooth as a result of gum disease, injury, genetic condition, or tooth decay. SmileCOS Dentistry will help you restore your natural smile. Call us today at (719) 394-3304 to receive a processional single tooth implant restoration from our skilled dentists and learn more about the entire restoration process.
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