Single Dental Implant Plano, TX

If you are missing a single tooth, we highly recommend filling in the gap when possible. Even just one missing tooth can cause oral health issues that may eventually require even more restorative treatments. The cost will add up quickly if you do nothing about your missing tooth. When a tooth goes missing, it can cause the other teeth to shift, gum disease and it will contribute to bone loss as well.

Not only that, your smile will be compromised causing embarrassment and a dip in your self-esteem. We offer implant-supported dental crowns for patients missing a single lost tooth.

A dental implant can be used to replace a tooth that is congenitally missing or a tooth that has been lost due to an accident, tooth decay, gum disease, or other reasons. A single dental implant is the most natural solution for your missing tooth. They provide a permanent, secure, and completely functional solution that will also support healthy bone growth in the jaw to maintain your natural appearance and profile.

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Dental Implant vs Dental Bridge

An implant-supported dental crown is the most natural and durable solution to your missing tooth. The alternative solution is a dental bridge. Getting a dental bridge requires the two adjacent teeth (the anchor teeth) to be reduced to make room for the bridgework. This will put a strain on those teeth and you are essentially damaging healthy teeth.

A bridge will be more affordable when you compare the cost between the two options. Dental implants are fairly expensive but will last a lifetime with proper care.

Single Dental Implant in Plano, TX

Dental Implants For Missing Teeth in plano, texas

Your dentist and Dr. Dean will need to coordinate a comprehensive dental exam of your oral health, as well as go over your medical history to be sure that a dental implant will succeed for your needs.

After Dr. Dean has determined that you are a good candidate, he will build a detailed treatment plan and go over it with you. This very personalized treatment plan is the most important part of the process and must be laid out in advance. This is what your dentist and specialists will reference to make sure you are getting the right care necessary to make your implant successful.

The next step is the oral surgery phase. Surgical implantation will be conducted in our periodontist office. A titanium post is surgically implanted into your jawbone to replace the missing root structure. We will make sure that the procedure is safe and comfortable for every patient.

Over a 3-6 month period, the titanium post will fuse with the natural bone helping it to support the structure of the jaw and to provide a secure base for the attachment of a dental restoration.

Once Dr. Dean has cleared you and your implant post has successfully fused with your jaw bone, you will return to your general dentist to have the dental restoration attached. The dental crown will be custom designed to aesthetically fit your smile.

Single Dental Implant FAQs

Do you have further questions about how a single dental implant can restore your smile? Continue reading to learn more about single dental implants and to find answers to frequently asked questions in our office.

How long is the process for a single-tooth implant?

The treatment itself lasts one to two hours, however, recovery takes three to six months. The titanium alloy implant will begin to repair and integrate with the surrounding bone tissue over the next few months following the implant procedure.

Does a single tooth implant hurt?

In general, a single implant will be less painful than an operation involving multiple implants. Patients will experience pain for about 10 days following the procedure, but as you adjust and heal, this pain should subside.

Are single dental implants permanent? 

Single dental implants are designed to be a permanent solution to a missing tooth. With proper oral care and maintenance a dental implant can last a lifetime. Oral hygiene is crucial to maintaining your implant and the health of your restoration.

What hurts more tooth extraction or implant?

Generally speaking, implant placement surgery is less painful than a tooth extraction, with fewer postoperative pain and daily activity restrictions. This varies on an individual basis, as some factors can make the pain and suffering worse. The more implants you have placed in one sitting, the worse pain may be following your implant procedure.

What percentage of dental implants are successful?

According to studies, the implant restoration method has a success rate of over 95%. They are also the only tooth replacement option that helps to stop bone loss. In order to stop bone loss, we recommend that dental implants should be placed as soon as feasible after a tooth is lost.

How many teeth are on a single implant?

It is uncommon to utilize one implant to replace several teeth on its own, however, two implants can be used in conjunction to replace up to six teeth. A  single implant can support a maximum of three dental restorations, such as a crown, bridge, or denture.

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