Single Tooth Dental Implant
When a single tooth is missing, a single fixture is used to support a single crown. However, when a segment of adjacent teeth is missing, it is not necessary to place a fixture in the site of every missing tooth. When only 2 adjacent teeth are missing, and if this is in the front of the mouth, a bridge of 2 crowns can be supported by the single fixture to replace both teeth.
A dental implant is the best single tooth replacement option, as it
- Has the best longevity
- Is independent of the neighboring teeth (so that you are not damaging them at all)
- Is the most comfortable
Single Tooth Dental Implant Procedure
An implant is a bit like a tooth. The actual implant is made from medical-grade titanium and is gently placed into the bone. It is then normally left for 3-6 months for the bone to fuse onto the implant surface. Once this has healed, an impression is taken that allows a skilled laboratory technician to make a crown. The crown is the actual tooth that is secured onto the implant with either cement or a screw.
Sometimes, we can extract a tooth and on the same day, place the implant (immediate placement) and secure a temporary crown (immediate loading). This all depends on how much bone you have and the quality of the bone. If both are good, then this same-day treatment is possible. The temporary tooth is designed more for cosmetic reasons and we don’t recommend that you use it to eat hard foods, as this could cause failure in the early stages of implant healing. After the final permanent crown is fitted on to your tooth, you should be able to eat whatever you want.
At Dynasty Tower Dental in North York, Dr. Farshad and his staff specialize in replacing missing teeth so that patients can get back to their normal lives, eating the foods they love without worry and showing off their beautiful, natural-looking smiles. For your consultation call 416-223-7711.