Single Tooth Dental Implant

Does a missing tooth or teeth keep you from smiling? Or maybe if you do smile, do you cover it up out of embarrassment?

When considering replacement of your missing tooth or teeth, you may wonder if you need a dental crown, a bridgedentures, a single tooth dental implant, or an implant-retained device.

The answer can be complicated, but it can also be pretty straight-forward.

If you are missing three or more teeth, you may be best with a fixed bridge, denture, or implant-retained device, depending on the number and location of missing teeth.

At Ocean View Dental, our team loves to restore smiles. We are friendly, knowledgeable, experienced, and compassionate. Whatever your restorative dentistry needs are, we can help. And if you need dental implant surgery, we have Dr. Pichak Kelk on our team. Dr. Kelk is a board-certified periodontist, and she specializes in dental implant surgery.

Dental Crown or Single Tooth Dental Implant

When missing one or two teeth, your best option is a dental crown or single tooth implant.

Since a dental crown is only a cap that covers or replaces the visible part of your tooth, it requires a tooth root to hold it in place.

Therefore, if you need to cover a broken, chipped, or severely discolored tooth, or if you need to strengthen a tooth weakened by root canal therapy or a large cavity, a dental crown is all you need.

However, if you lost your Entire Tooth, whether from trauma, gum disease, or dental decay, you no longer have a tooth root.

If you do not have a tooth root, you need a dental implant before placement of a dental crown, as the implant mimics the tooth root and holds the crown in place.

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is the only restoration option that replaces a tooth root. While not visible in your smile, it plays an important role in the health and strength of your smile.

The dental implant offers a permanent, secure, way to hold a dental crown or implant-retained device, such as a dental bridge or fixed dentures, in place. As an added benefit, a dental implant also mimics a natural tooth root, stimulating bone tissues to keep them healthy and prevent bone destruction. This is important, as bone destruction can lead to further tooth loss and give your face an aged, sunken-in appearance.

Made of titanium and shaped much like a tiny screw, a dental implant is surgically placed in your jawbone to replace your missing tooth root.

What is the process for a single tooth dental implant?

If you need to replace a tooth with a dental implant, the first step is a consultation appointment. During this appointment, our dental team will perform diagnostic testing, get information regarding your medical history, and perform a thorough physical examination.

At the conclusion, your dentist will discuss treatment options with you. Together, you will create a treatment plan and schedule your surgery day.

Dental implant placement is considered minor surgery. The rare risks include the potential for minor infection or bleeding. Most implant surgeries last under an hour and only require local anesthesia.

Once the surgery is completed, you will most likely tolerate any tenderness or swelling with over-the-counter pain medications and ice.

Over the next three to six months, your body performs magic. Because titanium is biocompatible, your body will produce new bone cells. These new bone cells will surround the dental implant and fuse it into your jaw in a process called osseointegration. When fully fused, the dental implant is a permanent part of your jawbone.

After three to six months, you will return for the placement of an abutment. The abutment is what connects a dental crown to the dental implant. Because the implant is a permanent part of your jaw, it is a strong, secure, stable base for the crown.

Once the abutment is placed, we will take dental impressions and perform color and shape matching for the fabrication of your custom-made dental crown.

When your new crown is ready, usually a week or two later, you will come in for placement with one of our dentists. At this appointment, the dentist will ensure the perfect fit, making any adjustments as necessary. Once you are satisfied with the fit and appearance of your new crown, the dentist will cement it in place.

Do you need a single tooth dental implant?

If you are in the San Clemente, CA area, and are interested in discussing options for a missing tooth (or teeth), our team at Ocean View Dental Care would love to answer your questions. Call us at (949) 388-0780 today and speak with one of our friendly team members.

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905 Calle Amanecer, Suite 265
San Clemente, CA 92673

(949) 388-0780