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Single-tooth implant

Is a single tooth causing you troubles? We have the perfect solution!

With a minor surgery that is both effortless and painless, we attach the implant of a single tooth to the crown. In fact, it’s the ideal solution if you’re looking to eradicate the natural tooth and its root. 

Single tooth implants are known to yield wondrous results as they not only replace one tooth without troubling others but also look and function like a natural one. As the tooth is replaced from the root, the process also makes room for better preservation of the bone. Efficiently integrating the implant into the jawbone makes it as easy to chew food, and smile, as with a natural tooth. In addition, it ensures that the bone remains intact and healthy.

Contrary to myths, cleaning and maintaining an implant isn't as tedious and time-consuming as it apparently seems to be. Yet, to be able to ensure oral hygiene, it’s necessary to understand how an implant works, so you know exactly what you are dealing with.

The Process

  • The first step is to firmly place the implant, often made of titanium, in your jaw. Over a period of time, as the bone and the implant are well integrated, an anchor is formed which supports your artificial tooth. 
  • We remove the implant and attach an extension. This process effectively provides a healing cap. It may be temporary but it cements the process of forming a base or anchor. Your gums may or may not need some time to heal following this process. While this step isn’t mandatory, we can decide what’s best for you and act accordingly. 
  • We attach a metal post or an abutment to receive the crown and cut it down to ensure optimum efficiency. Then, we attach it to the tooth which, in turn, renews your confidence to speak, smile and chew. It feels so natural, that you’d forget that you lost a tooth in the first place. 

In general, crowns are made of porcelain, or metals or a combination of both. And, once we screw the crown to the metal post, a restorative material usually covers the hole. 

What ensures a successful implant?

Primarily, it depends on the nature and strength of your bones. That is, there must be enough bone in the jaw to support and hold the implant in place. However, if required, bones can be surgically constructed through bone grafting or bone augmentation. 

It also helps immensely if the supporting tissues near the implant are in good condition. In other words, a healthy oral hygiene routine is very helpful in the long run. While the risks involved in the process are minimal, infections (although very rare) may cause an impediment.

 

How long does it take?

While the implant process is the same for everyone, the overall time-span may vary. Conventionally, it stretches up to five or six months, but not always. It may even take a year, especially if the bone needs to be constructed from scratch. 

Prior to this a comprehensive examination of your oral condition is imperative, wherein your dental history is taken into consideration and reviewed carefully. But, on the brighter side, a single tooth implant can last longer than 25 years.

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