Single Tooth Dental Implants
If you are missing one tooth or several teeth, dental implants may be the best option to restore your mouth. Dental implants can help patients smile, speak, and eat with confidence and comfort. In most cases, dental implants function similar to natural teeth.
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed into the jaw bone. The implant will integrate to your bone structure. Once this process is completed, then your dentist can place a crown on the implant.
Dental implants can be considered for patients when a natural tooth is failing or has failed. Today, the standard of care for tooth replacement is a dental implant.
What are the benefits of Dental Implants?
Aesthetic-dental implants can look and feel similar to natural teeth. Since implants integrate into the jaw bone, they prevent further bone loss and gum recession that can happen without a true tooth replacement system. In most cases, no one will know that you have a dental implant.
Tooth-friendly-dental implants do not sacrifice the quality of your teeth like a bridge or partial dentures. Dental implants function independently of the adjacent teeth, so biting stresses are distributed evenly throughout the mouth.
Confidence-dental implants will allow you to speak and eat with comfort and ease. They are secure and require less maintenance than a bridge or a partial denture.
Reliable-dental implants are highly predictable. The long-term success of a dental implant is traditionally more than other options for tooth replacement.
Am I a candidate for Dental Implants?
The ideal candidate for dental implant therapy is in good general and oral health. Adequate bone in the jaw is necessary to support the implant. Dr. Cravatta will perform an evaluation and obtain the appropriate x-rays prior to implant treatment. An evaluation with your general dentist is also necessary for the restorative portion of treatment.
What are the options for a missing tooth?
There are several options to replace a missing tooth.
Dental Implants-today considered the standard of care for tooth replacement. A dental implant is a root replacement system that does not interfere with other teeth in the mouth. A one problem with a one tooth solution.
Fixed bridge-was the standard of care prior to implant therapy. A bridge will rely on the adjacent teeth, which need to be cut down to place the bridge. Essentially a one tooth problem becomes a three tooth solution. Also, the 2 teeth are now functioning for three.
Partial Denture-this option is removable and does rely on other teeth for support. The function of a partial denture is much less than a dental implant.
What should I expect prior to treatment?
This procedure is a team effort between you, your dentist, and Dr. Cravatta. We will coordinate the specifics of placement, time of healing, and care. Depending on your specific condition and the type of implant, a treatment plan will be tailored to your needs.
What can I expect during treatment?
- Implant placement– Dr. Cravatta will place the implant into the jaw bone. This is a minor surgical procedure that typically causes minimal discomfort. During the healing process, the bone attaches to the implant (similar to a knee or hip implant). This process will take several weeks to several months.
- Implant Uncovery– Dr. Cravatta will expose the implant and attach a small post that extends out of the gum tissue. This will allow access for your dentist to place the crown. Sometimes this is performed when the implant is placed.
- Crown placement– your dentist will take impressions of the implant. A crown and abutment will be fabricated from the impression. Once this is completed, your dentist will place the abutment and crown. This process may take several appointments.
· How do I maintain my dental implant?
- As you know, your own teeth require conscientious at-home oral care and regular dental visits. Dental implants are similar to natural teeth and do require care. In order to keep your implant clean, brushing, flossing, and any further instruction by our office is necessary.
- After treatment, Dr. Cravatta will work closely with you and your dentist to develop the best plan to maintain your dental health. Periodic follow-up visits will be scheduled to monitor your implant, teeth, and gums to make sure they are healthy.
Congratulations on taking the first step to state of the art tooth replacement.