A single-tooth dental implant consists of a metal post being surgically inserted into the jawbone to support a replacement tooth. The post acts as a tooth root and provides a stable long-term solution to tooth loss.
Once the implant has fully integrated into the jawbone, an abutment (a small connector piece) is attached to the implant. This abutment is the base for the replacement tooth, which is usually a dental crown (a custom-made, tooth-shaped cap). The dental crown will match the color and shape of the surrounding teeth and is cemented or screwed onto the abutment.
With proper care and regular dental visits, single-tooth dental implants can last a lifetime and provide a natural-looking solution for missing teeth. Compared to other tooth replacement options, single dental implants offer improved oral health and long-term stability and are a popular choice for patients with one missing tooth, as they avoid the need for tooth extraction or altering healthy nearby teeth.
The dental implant procedure typically requires two or three appointments over several months. During the first appointment, our Grand Haven dentist will assess your oral health and plan the placement of the implant. During the second appointment, the implant gets placed in the jawbone, and a temporary crown will be placed over the implant. Once the jawbone and the implant fuse, the final porcelain crown will be attached and you’ll have a brand-new, beautiful smile.
Ideal candidates for single-tooth implants include:
For those suffering from sufficient density, there are supplemental procedures available to prepare your mouth for dental implants. Procedures such as a bone graft or sinus lift may be recommended. Contact our dentist to learn more about dental implants and if you’re a good candidate.
For those with multiple missing teeth, dental implants can still be a great option. With various dental implant treatments available, our dentist will work with you to determine what works best. From implant-supported dentures to an implant-supported bridge, you can say goodbye to a gapped smile and hello to a full, beautiful smile.
The cost of a single-tooth dental implant can vary depending on several factors, including the complexity of the procedure, the location of the dental clinic, and the materials used. On average, single dental implants cost between $1,000 to $3,000.
In most cases, insurance will cover a portion of the dental implant cost. Some practices also offer financing options to ensure you get the care you need regardless of expenses.
The length of time for receiving a single-tooth implant can vary, but it typically takes three to six months from start to finish. Each patient’s case will differ, but your dentist will provide you with a detailed timeline for implant placement.
Yes, single-tooth implants can be used for front teeth in the upper jaw. They provide patients with a natural-looking tooth replacement that can last them a lifetime.
Yes, single-tooth dental implants will feel and function like your natural teeth. They’re made to match the color and shape of your surrounding teeth and are securely anchored in your jawbone, allowing for normal biting and chewing abilities.
A single dental implant usually causes less discomfort than a surgical operation involving multiple implants. Patients usually experience minor discomfort and swelling for a few days after their surgical implant placement. Any pain around the implant site can be managed through cold compresses and over-the-counter medications.
If you’re considering a single-tooth dental implant surgery, consult with a licensed dental professional to determine if you’re a candidate. At our Grand Haven dental office, our dentist offers single-tooth dental implants. We’ll be happy to meet with you to discuss your smile goals to see if we can help you achieve them.
Contact our Grand Haven dentist and schedule your appointment today.