If you’ve lost a tooth because of injuries, accidents, or periodontal disease, we can give you a second chance with perfect teeth. We insert a single implant into the jawbone underneath the missing tooth’s socket to support a dental crown, providing a permanent and natural replacement for the missing tooth.
What are single implants?
A single implant is a titanium screw drilled into the jawbone under the socket of the missing tooth. Once the implant is in place, the surrounding bone tissues fuse with the implant via a process known as osseointegration, thereby providing a firm and solid base for dental restoration. The implant supports a dental crown, which replaces the visible component of your missing tooth. As such, single implants are permanent, stable, and natural-looking replacements for individual missing teeth.
The benefits of single implants:
- Provide firm and stable support for a dental crown
- Look indistinguishable from natural teeth
- Restore complete bite force
- Allow you to eat whatever you want
- Prevent jawbone deterioration
- Prevent the surrounding teeth from shifting
- Simple, in-office procedure
- Last a lifetime
prevent bone loss
One of the most important (but lesser-known) benefits of dental implants is preventing bone loss. Your teeth stimulate the underlying jawbones to preserve their integrity. When you experience tooth loss, the underlying jawbone slowly resorbs into the body, leading to facial sagging and gum tissue shrinkage. Dental implants support the jawbone and prevent deterioration, which, in turn, helps you look younger.
Suitable candidates for single implants
You’re a suitable candidate for single implants if you are missing one or multiple teeth from different locations, i.e., not in one row. If you’re missing one tooth, the dentist can place one implant and use it to support a dental crown, thereby replacing the tooth. However, you must be in generally good health and have sufficient jawbone tissues. If you don’t have enough jawbone, you may need to undergo bone augmentation or bone grafting to restore your jawbone tissues. Our dentists ensure you’re the ideal candidate for single implants.
The single dental implant placement is performed as an in-office surgery under local anesthesia and intravenous sedation. The dentist drills a small hole underneath the socket of the missing tooth to place a titanium screw or cylinder. A small connective post, called an abutment, is attached to the implant. And finally, we use CEREC technology to prepare a dental crown, which is attached to the abutment. Your jawbone tissues will fuse with the titanium implant over the next couple of months, anchoring your tooth in place.
The single implant
process at Energy Dental
Dental implants avoid the major problems associated with bridges. If you get a dental bridge for one missing tooth, your dentist will need to file the surrounding healthy teeth into small stubs to accommodate the dental crown holding the false tooth in place. Furthermore, dental bridges don’t stimulate the underlying jawbone, so you still experience jawbone deterioration. A single implant doesn’t affect the surrounding teeth and preserves the jawbone, making it superior to a dental bridge.
How long do single implants last?
With optimal oral hygiene and regular dental checkups, you can maintain your single implants for a lifetime. While the implant is designed to last a lifetime, the dental crown may have to be removed after 10 to 15 years. However, replacing dental crowns is simple and inexpensive.
Energy Dental is a state-of-the-art dental clinic specializing in the latest implant dentistry techniques, including single implant-supported crowns. We perform same-day dental implants, so you never have to go a day without perfect teeth. We also color-match the crown to the surrounding teeth so it looks indistinguishable from your natural teeth. Please schedule an appointment to explore your single implant options in Houston, TX.