Single Tooth Dental Implant
If you are missing a single tooth, one dental implant and a crown can replace it. A dental implant replaces both the lost natural tooth and its root.
Serving as enduring solutions for missing teeth, single-tooth dental implants are securely embedded within the jawbone. Through the placement of a titanium post, an oral specialist ensures its firm positioning in the vacant space left by the absent tooth.
A connector, fitted atop this post, provides a base for a tailor-made restoration designed to blend seamlessly with the patient’s natural teeth. This restoration is known as a crown. Crowns not only offer a natural appearance but also ensure no hindrance in the patient’s speech or eating abilities.
Why choose a dental implant for one missing tooth?
A gap in one’s teeth may seem trivial, but its repercussions are far-reaching. Here’s why choosing a dental implant for that solitary missing tooth is a wise decision:
Restore Your Culinary Joy: Many individuals express that missing teeth hinder their ability to relish certain foods. Who wants to skip a juicy steak or a buttery corn on the cob? Dental implants restore the full function of natural teeth, enabling you to enjoy your favorite dishes without hesitation.
Speak Clearly: Missing teeth can unexpectedly distort speech patterns. An implant ensures clarity and confidence in communication.
Maintain Dental Alignment: An unoccupied space in the dental arch can trigger a domino effect, causing adjacent teeth to drift out of position. Dental implants act as placeholders, maintaining the alignment and integrity of the entire dental arch.
Preserve Jawbone Density: Chewing is more than just a digestive necessity; it’s vital for jawbone stimulation. Without the pressures of chewing, the jawbone can deteriorate. Dental implants play a pivotal role in preventing bone loss, ensuring the face retains its youthful contours and doesn’t sag prematurely.
Boost Self-confidence: A missing tooth can dim the brightest of smiles, impacting self-assurance. Dental implants let you flash your pearly whites with unabashed pride, rejuvenating your self-esteem.
Holistic Dental Health: One of the biggest advantages of dental implants is that they provide a comprehensive solution without compromising the health of neighboring teeth.
In essence, dental implants are more than just cosmetic enhancements; they’re a gateway to a healthier, happier, and more confident life.
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Frequently Asked Questions
In contrast to individual implants, the All-on-4 or All-on-6 uses only four or six dental implants to replace all of an individual’s teeth. A bone graft isn’t typically required with all-on-4 implants, and this implant type yields faster results than traditional implants.
Patients who are considering All-on-4 should be aware of the following advantages and disadvantages associated with the procedure.
Advantages to All-on-4 include:
- Less invasive procedure, due to purposeful angulation
- Usually placed the same day as tooth extraction
- Implant feels natural
- Prevents jawbone deterioration
- Typically less costly than traditional implants, especially when the majority of teeth are missing
- Bone graft not generally required, or at least, less than traditional approach
- Permanent solution, provided the patient practices good oral self-care
Disadvantages to All-on-4 include:
- Requires high level of bone for implants to be placed
- Extensive process that requires a time commitment to achieve optimal results
- Complications can occur, especially if patients do not exercise good oral self-care
All-on-4 surgery can typically be completed within 2 to 4 hours per arch.
In most cases, patients who get All-on-4 implants report experiencing a less painful procedure than they expected. This is due in part to the option of local anesthesia or IV sedation, as well as the extensive training and experience of dentists who offer this procedure.
Most patients are good candidates for All-on-4, whether they have bone density, age or teeth health concerns. If your oral health is good enough to have a tooth extracted, you will likely have success with All-on-4.
The recovery period for All-on-4 is relatively short compared to traditional dental implants, which require 3 to 4 months to heal. The implants fuse to your bone right away. It is possible for some people to eat solid food the day of their procedure.
There is a world of difference. All-on-4® teeth are more comfortable since they are anchored by dental implants. They do not slip or rub against the gums, meaning that there is no risk of sore gums. They stay in place as their wearer chews, allowing a person to bite down and grind food without fear of their teeth coming loose.
Lastly, All-on-4® teeth are easy almost as easy to clean as natural teeth. A person only needs to make small adjustments to their oral hygiene routine.
Once a person establishes a good oral hygiene routine, maintaining a set of All-on-4® dentures becomes easy. The person only needs to take extra care to clean the space between the gums and dentures. Luckily, there are specialized tools that make it easier to clean hard-to-reach spaces.
The wearer of All-on-4® bridge should also maintain good oral habits like a healthy diet, preventative measures and routine dental checkups.
For the lower arch, the long-term success rate is 98 percent. The success rate is between 97 and 98 percent for the upper dental arch.
The technique has only been in use for a short while, but researchers are tracking patients that have All-on-4® dentures. The results point to a success rate of more than 97 percent. Out of nearly 2,000 patients that researchers tracked for time periods that vary from five to 18 years, 97 percent of them are yet to report implant failure.
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Whether you're visiting us for professional teeth cleaning, a routine dental health check or something more extensive, our qualified dentists at Picasso Dental Clinic offer a wide range of comprehensive dental services. It's our aim to be a one-stop dental experience for you and your loved ones.
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