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Single Tooth Implant

Lincoln, NE Blonde woman smiling after single tooth implant Although dentures and dental bridges are effective ways of replacing missing teeth, dental implants are considered to be the most effective and durable tooth replacement option in modern dentistry. Single tooth dental implants are screw-shaped prosthetics that are placed surgically into the jawbone in place of a missing natural tooth root. Once a dental implant becomes fused to the bone, it becomes stable enough to hold an artificial crown that can restore your chewing ability.
At Star City Dental, Dr. Melanie Fulton and Dr. Meghan Hungerford recommend getting a single tooth implant if you have lost a tooth.

How do Single Tooth Implants Work?

A single tooth implant consists of several parts:
•  The Implant: The implant is the screw-shaped structure that is embedded in the jaw and provides stability to the prosthetic.
•  The Abutment: This is the connecting component between the dental implant and the artificial crown. The abutment can be made from titanium or porcelain and is attached to the implant with a screw. It is designed to accommodate the artificial crown.
•  Crown Restoration: This is a tooth-shaped cap that is typically made of porcelain fused to metal. This crown is cemented or screwed on top of the abutment.

At Star City Dental, we will first perform a dental exam to see the condition of your teeth. If only one, we may recommend a single tooth implant procedure. However, if you are missing multiple teeth and the rest of your teeth are badly damaged, we may opt to extract your remaining teeth and recommend multiple tooth implants. In a traditional single implant placement method, we will make a small incision in the gums and then make a small hole in the underlying bone. This process will be done under local anesthesia so you will not feel any pain. Once the implant is placed in your jaw, we will wait for it to fuse with the jawbone in a process known as osseointegration. This process can take anywhere between two to eight months or even more, depending on the health of your jaw. When your jaw is healed, we will attach the abutment to the implant and place a crown on top of it.

Benefits of Single Tooth Implants

A single tooth implant offers a lot of benefits over dentures and dental bridges.
•  A dental implant is good for your oral health as it does not adversely affect the health of your other natural teeth, unlike traditional dental bridges which require the erosion of adjacent teeth to accommodate the crown.
•  A dental implant strengthens your jaw by providing the stimulation required for helping your jaw develop and grow.
•  A single tooth implant looks and feels almost exactly like a real tooth and can function just like one as well.
•  It is low-maintenance and can be cleaned just like your regular teeth.
•  Dental implants are very durable and have a high rate of success up to 98 percent.
•  Dental implants can last up to 25 years.

Your dental implants are the next best alternative to natural teeth. However, you need to take care of your oral hygiene and get your implants checked during routine dental checkups to ensure they serve you for a long time. If you are missing a tooth, call us at (402) 858-0525 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Melanie Fulton and Dr. Meghan Hungerford so we can determine whether a single tooth implant is the right option for you.

Star City Dental

Dr. Melanie Fulton
Dr. Meghan Hungerford
Dr. Mimi Long

(402) 858-0525

4525 S. 86th Street, #A,
Lincoln, NE 68526-9277

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At Star City Dental, Dr. Melanie Fulton and Dr. Meghan Hungerford recommend getting a single tooth implant if you have lost a tooth. Give us a call today!

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