Single Tooth Dental Implants in Toronto
Can I get one dental implant?
Missing a tooth doesn’t just damage your appearance, but it can be detrimental to your overall health and well-being. At Periodontal Specialists, we understand the important role that every tooth plays in the body and how missing just one can cause your jawbone to deteriorate, which leads to the weakening of your face and your self-esteem.
Thanks to the advancement of technology and the exceptional skills of our doctors, we place single tooth implants every day. Truly life-changing, dental implants look, feel, and function just like natural teeth.
Will my dental implant look like a natural tooth?
A single tooth implant is an artificial crown that appears above your gumline and appears to be completely natural. In fact, single implants not only look natural but feel and function like a natural tooth as well. The natural-looking crown is attached to a screw made of titanium that we place in your jaw. A complete stand-alone implant includes three components:
- Implant—a titanium screw that is placed in the jawbone
- Abutment—a connector between the implant and crown
- Crown—the final restoration that is visible and looks like a natural tooth
Overview of Single Tooth Implant Procedure
We begin the single implant process in the same way we start all our procedures, by gathering your medical and dental histories to ensure we have a complete picture of your oral and overall health.
The main difference between single-tooth implant placement and full arch restoration placement is that single tooth failure often requires bone grafting to build up the jaw to support the implant tooth. This requires an extra 4-6 months of healing.
Once the bone graft has healed, we place the implant and wait for the titanium screw to fuse with your jawbone. When osseointegration is complete, the crown can be attached.
Who needs a single tooth dental implant?
Single tooth implants are often needed after the loss of a tooth due to a sports injury, gum disease, or an oral health problem. There are also cases in which a patient is congenitally missing a tooth that never came in.
Advantages of a Single Tooth Implant
There are many reasons single tooth implants are the better option as compared to tooth-supported fixed bridges. A single implant tooth:
- Looks and feels like a natural tooth long-term.
- Doesn’t negatively impact adjacent teeth.
- Preserves bone health through integration with the jaw.
- Is easier to care for and keep clean.
It’s Time to Replace Your Missing Tooth
Frequently Asked Questions about Single Tooth Implants
Can a single dental implant be done in one day?
While full arch restorations can be placed in one day, a single implant typically cannot. A single implant is often needed after tooth failure due to a deteriorating jawbone. Once bone grafting has been done to bulk up the jaw, a single dental implant can be placed in a day.
How long will it take to heal?
Osseointegration is the fusing of bone with an artificial material, and it is this unique integration that makes dental implants the most popular solution for missing teeth today. In fact, titanium’s ability to fully fuse with bone has proven itself to be amazingly reliable when it comes to creating stable and long-lasting tooth replacements. It usually takes 3-4 months for the implant to fully fuse with the bone. Once fusion is complete, the crown can be placed
Our structured referral plan defines, in advance, the working relationship between your dentists and us. It ensures you have treatment options that make the best of your situation and excellent continuity of care.
We put as much emphasis on your comfort as we do on your dental care. Our PerioAsleep™ program allows you to sleep through your treatment.