Single Dental Implants in NY
Dental implants are small anchors made of a biocompatible metal called titanium that is placed in the jawbone. Dental implants are the replacement of tooth roots in the mouth. Once placed, the anchors begin to fuse with the bone over the course of a few months. After the fusing process, known as osseointegration, abutment posts are inserted into the anchors to allow for the permanent attachment of the replacement teeth. Implants provide a strong foundation for fixed or removable replacement teeth and help maintain the existing bone.
Benefits of Single Dental Implants
Because they are not only completely functional, but also very natural-looking, investing in single dental implants is investing in your smile – and this can really boost your confidence. Unless you tell someone it is an implant, no one is ever going to know.
As if those weren’t benefits enough – there are more.
- Preserves bone structure
- Offers support to surrounding teeth
- A low maintenance tooth alternative
- Easy to clean and care for
- Long-lasting replacement
- Bite force is restored
- Reduces the chance for future oral health problems
Are You a Good Candidate for Single Dental Implants?
Single dental implants can be a great solution for most patients who are missing a tooth. A good candidate will have:
- Good overall gum health – any sign of gum disease will need to be treated first
- Sufficient bone density is necessary to securely hold the implant in place
- A good oral hygiene routine
- No tobacco use, whether smoking, chewing, etc.
Patients with certain autoimmune conditions, diabetes, Parkinson’s or osteoporosis may be at greater risk of infection – and this may potentially impact whether they are a good candidate for the dental implants.
Frequently Asked Questions About Single Tooth Dental Implants?
What if I don’t have enough bone to secure the dental implant?
Not having a dense jaw bone can make it difficult for the implant to fuse securely to the bone. However, our dental team may be able to perform a bone grafting, building up your jaw bone before moving forward with the dental implant. If this is an option for your dental treatment, we can discuss it.
Can single dental implants be used for front teeth?
Yes, absolutely. Single dental implants can be used for any teeth – those in the front or back. The dental crown that is attached to the implant is completely customized to match both the color and contour of your natural teeth no matter where it ends up in your mouth.
Does it hurt to get dental implants?
No. The procedure itself is done using local anesthesia so you don’t feel anything. Though, as it wears off you may feel a little discomfort around the area, but over-the-counter pain medication can offer you relief.
How do I care for dental implants?
Dental implants are easy to care for because you treat them much like your regular teeth. You will simply brush and floss them, keeping them clean and clear of debris and bacteria. It is also important to see your dentist regularly for a cleaning to ensure their optimal health.
How long do implants last?
The dental implant itself is intended to last a lifetime as it fuses together with your jaw bone. However, the dental crown often lasts 10 to 15 years on average. The better you care for it, the longer it will last. Those with exceptional care can last upwards of 20 years!