Single Tooth Implant
An implant with a crown is the closest thing to a natural tooth. Made from titanium screws implanted directly into the jaw bone, they replace the root of the tooth that was removed or lost. The implant forms the anchor for a crown or bridge, which is attached after the implant is fully integrated with the bone.
One of the benefits of implant crowns is that the procedure does not sacrifice the health of the adjacent teeth. And because an implant replaces a tooth’s root, it also helps to keep the surrounding bone from wasting away, which naturally occurs when a tooth is lost.
Implant crowns are not subject to decay or discoloration and they look and function just like natural teeth.
Losing a tooth can cause a lot of pain and stress, especially if it’s a permanent front tooth. Dr. Daniel Domagala, an implant prosthodontist at Major Dental Clinics, explains why dental implants may be the most successful form of treatment.
Q: How does it work?
Dr. Domagala: A dental implant is a titanium screw similar to that used by orthopedic surgeons. The fixture is placed into the bone and it is allowed to stay under the gums for approximately 4 to 6 months, which facilitates bone to implant bonding. The process of bone covering the implant surface is called “osseointegration” and it makes the screw solid enough for us to use it as tooth. Once the healing process is complete, a permanent porcelain crown can be fitted.
If you are missing only one tooth or a missing tooth area is surrounded by healthy teeth, a dental implant may be the best solution for you. The biggest advantage of a single implant is the fact that no adjacent teeth have to be involved in the treatment. Many single implants can be restored with a fixed temporary tooth on the same day, also known as immediate implant. Specialists at Major Dental Clinics place approximately 300 implants per year and 50% of those are single tooth implants. Click here to learn if you are a candidate for a single tooth implant.
Q: Are all dental implants the same?
Dr. Domagala: The short answer is no. There are more than 100 companies producing dental implants in the world. In addition, there are hundreds of thousands of dental laboratories making implant components, such as abutments and crowns, with varying expertise, accuracy and skill. But most of all, the clinical outcome of implant therapy depends on the training and skill of the dentist involved.
Q: What are the success rates with dental implants?
Daniel Domagala: The success of dental implant therapy varies in every practice. Success rates are directly related to the dentists experience and training, sterility of the surgical environment, case selection, quality and quantity of the bone available at the site, quality of the implant, health status of teeth and tissues around the implants, patient’s habits ie smoking, clenching and oral hygiene. Most scientific publications agree that the 10 year survival rate of implants is about 85%.
Implant Specialists at Major Dental Clinics are proud to report 98.4% overall success rates with dental implants.
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Dental implant therapy, whether it be a single tooth, multiple teeth or all teeth, should not be left to chance. Implant complications are very rare (well documented in the literature to be below 5%), but implant mistakes related to provider’s carelessness, cost-cutting practices, or patient’s inability to select the right provider are very common. Implant complications/mistakes are very difficult to treat as those typically result in large bony defects, gum defects, nerve injury, pain or numbness and leave patients with even larger hole in the pocket. Almost all insurance plans will not cover implant complications, especially if the patient looses confidence in the primary dental provider and decides to seek help elsewhere.