Single Tooth Dental Implants Overview
Missing a tooth, or several teeth, can have a negative impact on an individual's appearance, as well as seriously affect oral health. Whether you suffer from tooth loss due to decay or trauma, it is important to seek treatment to preserve and protect the health of your mouth through decreased oral function. Single tooth implants can replace a missing tooth and are created using small titanium posts that are set in the jaw as artificial roots for dental restorations, including crowns and fixed or removable dentures. Because dental implants are rooted in the jaw, they tend to provide more strength than other treatments, such as dental bridges. Dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth, or several missing teeth.
What to Expect with Single Tooth Dental Implants
During the examination, we will assess the patient’s teeth and jawbone to ensure the patient has a sufficient amount of healthy bone to support the implant. We will take digital X-rays and impressions of the patient’s mouth to create a template for precise placement. The implant will be placed in the jawbone during a simple surgical procedure. It will take 3 to 6 months for the bone to heal and fuse to the titanium post, forming a strong foundation for the replacement tooth. After the jaw has healed sufficiently, our dentists will attach the replacement crown, bridge, or denture to the implant.
Abutments can be thought of as the connecting piece between the implant post and the synthetic restoration. Unlike many other dentists who use pre-made abutments, our dentists remain committed to high-quality, personalized care, and uses only custom-made abutments throughout each dental procedure. This ensures optimal fit for each individual patient, increases functionality, and provides aesthetically pleasing results.
Single Tooth Dental Implants Estimated Cost
In most cases, dental implants are only part of the restoration process. The cost of dental implants varies, depending on the type of restoration and the number of teeth being restored. Patients can expect to pay between for $1,000 to $2,400 for a single-tooth implant only.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $1,000 - $3,000
- How Long It Takes
- 1-2 Hours
- Procedure Recovery Location
Dental Implant FAQs
Will They Last?
With proper care, an implant can last a lifetime; however, the crown, bridge, or denture may wear and need to be replaced over time.
Covered By Insurance?
Some dental insurance companies may cover part of the cost for dental implants. Patients are encouraged to check with their insurance providers prior to the procedure to understand their coverage.
As with any surgical procedure, there can be risks. However, patients generally do not experience any complications with their dental implant. Risk has been greatly minimized by using cone bean technology, which is a CAT scan for the mouth. This 3-D scan of the mouth identifies the structures in the area that need to be avoided and allows the best placement possible for the implant. Today, implants are over 96% successful. Patients with an unsuccessful procedure may experience the bone not accepting the implant, nerve damage to adjacent muscles or sinus cavity and infection from a loose or broken implant. We take exceptional care during treatment and are pleased that the majority of our patients have positive outcomes.