A single tooth implant is a permanent and effective dental treatment for patients who have lost a tooth through injury or periodontal disease. Single tooth implants can last upwards of 25 years. At Innovative Implant and Oral Surgery, we are pleased to offer same-day dental implant procedures that restore patient confidence and comfort.
How Is A Single Tooth Implant Done?
A single tooth prosthesis is comprised of three parts:
- A surgical-grade titanium post, which acts as a “root” and fuses with the jaw to anchor the tooth.
- An abutment that sits on top of the post.
- An implant crown made of white porcelain or other materials.
For most patients, a single implant is a straightforward procedure that can be done in one afternoon. The dental surgeons will take measurements to determine the precise dimensions of the patient’s jaw. A dental CT scan is typically done. Total healing time after dental implant placement can take 8-12 weeks when placed in good quality bone or up to 16 weeks when placed into softer bone.
Are Single Tooth Implants Better Than A Bridge?
One alternative to the single tooth implant is a bridge, which is created by using the neighboring teeth as anchors. Implants are better than bridges in that they:
- Do not damage natural enamel or tooth structure (which could lead to decay, bone loss, or root canals later).
- Look, feel, and function exactly like a natural tooth.
- Are easy to maintain through regular brushing and flossing.
- Provides protection against bone loss.
- Create a beautiful smile for years to come.
Are Dental Implants Safe?
Safety is our paramount concern at Innovative Implant and Oral Surgery. Dental implants are backed by over 50 years of research. With a success rate of 95 to 98 percent, the risk of side effects is relatively low compared to other types of surgery. Minor side effects like swelling, bruising, and discomfort generally resolve within a couple of days.
Who Is A Good Candidate for Single Tooth Implants?
The vast majority of patients missing a tooth are excellent candidates for implant surgery. People born without a natural tooth or suffering from bone loss may lack adequate bone at the site. However, through modern procedures, we can regenerate sufficient bone to enable a successful outcome. In cases where the final crowns are placed after a healing period, a cosmetic temporary crown can fill the missing space in the meantime.
The risk of implant failure is higher (8-12%) in patients who have:
- Untreated tooth decay
- Active periodontal disease
- Uncontrolled diabetes
- A smoking habit.
A consultation with our oral surgeons will help you determine the best option for your particular situation.
Benefits of Single Tooth Implant
The benefits of a tooth implant are numerous:
- They improve your ability to smile, speak, and chew without embarrassment.
- They are comfortable and secure, never shifting or moving out of place.
- They are permanent, looking and feeling like your real teeth and never succumbing to decay.
- They preserve jawbone integrity and help prevent bone deterioration.
Why Choose Innovative Implant and Oral Surgery for Tooth Replacement?
Innovative Implant and Oral Surgery has been a source of expert dentistry in Newtown and Feasterville – serving all of Bucks County — for more than 40 years. We pair the latest tooth replacement techniques with a good, old-fashioned caring touch.
Patients can expect to receive a warm smile when they walk through our doors, and compassion with regard to scheduling and payment options from our front desk team. Our surgeons thoroughly explain all options and develop a personalized care plan at the initial consultation. Comfort and pain management throughout recovery is a top priority. Ultimately, that’s what makes a difference with our service.
You can also take peace of mind knowing our surgeons are members of:
- The American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, National Dental Board of Anesthesiology
- American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
- Delaware Valley of Oral Surgeons
- American Dental Association
Before joining Innovative Implant and Oral Surgery, they completed their DMDs at the Temple University School of Dentistry in Philadelphia and served as chief residents at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, the Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center in the Bronx, as well as Nassau Medical Center.
We’ve earned accolades as:
- Top Dentists (2018, 2019) – Philly Mag
- Top Doctor (2019) – Philly Mag
- One of the Best Dentists (2016) – Courier Times, The Intelligencer
- Top Dentists (2016) – Suburban Life
Questions about the single or multiple tooth implant procedure, or the cost of dental implants? Contact us to schedule a consultation!