Single Tooth Implants in Tucson, AZ
Tooth loss is something that will affect virtually all of us at some point during our lifetime, irrespective of how well we try to take care of our teeth. In fact, studies show that most Americans have lost at least one permanent tooth by the time they reach 40 years of age.
Tooth loss can have significant consequences for both the appearance of our teeth and how we use them. As such, it is common for patients to inquire about a tooth replacement solution.
If you have just one missing tooth, you could be a good candidate for a single tooth dental implant.
What is a single tooth implant and how does it work?
A single tooth is exactly what its name suggests – a dental implant designed to replace just a single missing crown. Single dental implants are the most well-known of all dental implants and the most straightforward.
Each single tooth dental implant has three elements. These are:
A titanium post. Made from a biocompatible material, this post acts as the anchor for your prosthetic tooth and is inserted at a pre-determined location into the jaw bone, extending out via the gum.
A connector. This attached the post to the visible part of your implant.
A customized crown. This is your prosthetic tooth and is designed specifically for your mouth based on the size and shape of your original teeth and the gap you have left. Dental implants crowns are glazed in a color to match your existing teeth so that it blends in with them and looks natural.
Dental implants work in a unique way. A hole is drilled into the jaw bone via the gum tissue, into which the titanium post is placed. This will act as an artificial root for the visible part of your tooth. The post extends slightly above the gum tissue where a connector attaches your porcelain crown to complete the single tooth implant – the most secure and durable of all tooth restorations.
What makes dental implants so secure?
Dental implants have a reputation for being the most secure and long-lasting of all dental restorations with good reason. They are the only solution that replaces the original root of the tooth and once the implant post is in place, it relies on a process called osseointegration to secure it. Osseointegration occurs when the jaw bone, which is damaged when the hole to create the implant post is made, heals around the post, securing it permanently. However, you must have sufficient healthy bone in your jaw for osseointegration to take place. You will have your jaw assessed when you undergo your consultation for dental implants. If you are found to be lacking in healthy bone, you may need to first undergo a procedure called bone grafting. This will be explained to you by our dental implant team.
You will need to wait for osseointegration to occur before the final prosthetic tooth is placed. However, fear not, you will be given a temporary crown to wear until we can confirm that you are ready to have your final restoration fitted.
What are the benefits of choosing a single tooth implant?
There is a range of advantages to choosing a single tooth implant to restore the gap in your smile. Some that you can expect to experience include:
Superior discretion. Dental implants look and feel just like regular teeth and are impossible to discern from the rest of your smile.
Unrivaled strength and durability. With proper care, dental implants can last upwards of 25 years.
Enjoy the foods that you want to. Complete strength and security mean that you can enjoy the foods that you want to without compromise. You don’t need to avoid items that are hard, sticky or chewy.
Easy to clean. Brush and floss your dental implants just like regular teeth. This enables you to enjoy better oral health, particularly as your implants cannot be affected by cavities.
Strengthen your jaw bone. Bone deterioration is a common problem amongst patients who have experienced tooth loss. However, implants have an artificial anchor that helps to keep the bone strong and healthy.
If you are considering single-tooth implants and would like more information, or if you would like to book your consultation appointment, please contact our dentistry offices in Tucson, AZ today by calling 520-224-1600.