Single tooth dental implants involve the installation of a titanium implant, which looks very much like a screw, into the jawbone. Over a period of two to six months, this titanium implant will fuse with the jawbone to actually become part of your mouth. This process is known as Osseointegration. While you're waiting for this process to develop, a temporary tooth replacement option can be put in place, so you can have the use of a good temporary solution.
Once the fusion between implant and jawbone is complete, a replacement tooth or crown, will be prepared by your dentist and attached to an abutment, which is a small metal post. When the entire process is complete, you'll have a very solid foundation for your new tooth, and you'll be able to enjoy a restored smile and full functionality of your mouth.
The healing process is generally different from one patient to the next, but generally speaking it will be necessary for a number of months to elapse. This is because the process of osseointegration is taking place, wherein the titanium implant is actually fusing with your jawbone to become part of your mouth. This healing time is very important, because it will provide a solid anchor for your replacement tooth, and since it's a permanent part of your mouth, it will probably never need replacement.
Single tooth implants are indicated when a patient has lost perhaps one or two teeth in the upper or lower arch. It's also best if a candidate patient has sufficient jawbone to allow for the titanium implant to be easily installed. In some cases, it's still possible to build up an inadequate jawbone so as to proceed with the implant.
Q: What is the cost of a single tooth implant?
A: When it's only necessary to install a single dental implant, the cost to a patient might be between $1,000 and $3,000, although it could cost an additional $500-$3,000 to have the abutment and the crown installed with it. Typically, the cost for the entire installation of an implant and crown will be somewhere between $1,500 and $6,000.
Q: What are the options for a single tooth replacement?
A: A patient actually has a number of options when a single tooth needs to be replaced. You could have a single tooth dental implant put in place, or you might choose to have a partial denture installed. A denture will always be the least expensive option, but it will come with a few disadvantages, such as a lack of solid anchoring. Of course, you could also choose to do nothing, but this could cause surrounding teeth to begin leaning in the direction of the missing tooth, and eventually cause oral issues.
CEREC Technology allows us to provide our patients with Same Day Restorations.
No more messy impression materials or hassle with annoying temporaries! CAD/CAM Technology offers our patients the opportunity to have a beautiful restoration designed, fabricated and delivered in a single appointment! Here’s how:
Using, CEREC Technology, we are able to take a photo scan of your tooth with a special laser camera that safely captures the anatomy of the prepared tooth and renders it as a 3-dimensional image.
We then customizes your crown, inlay or onlay using your digital “impression” and 3D imaging software while you relax with a magazine or music headphones.
After the doctor approves the final design, the CEREC milling system employs CAD/CAM technology to shape your restoration from a high-strength, metal-free ceramic or composite block in a shade to match your smile. This eliminates the repeat visit after sending the impression off to a lab, as this is now able to be done right in the office while you are in the chair!