Single Tooth Dental Implants
Dentist in Phoenix
Dental implants are extremely small titanium posts that are designed to replace the root of a missing tooth. While most dental implants are designed to replace only a single tooth, other types can replace multiple teeth or even a whole arch. This means that anyone who is missing one or more teeth can benefit from the restorative power of a dental implant. Even if you are not currently missing any teeth, you might still be able to benefit by replacing any teeth in an advanced state of decay, disease, or other damage. At David R. Moyer Cosmetic & Family Dentistry we install dental implants of all types.
Can I Get an Implant For One Tooth?
Our professionals can install single tooth dental implants. The installation process is similar to placing multiple dental implants, but the recovery is much shorter because only a single titanium post needs to be installed, which causes significantly less trauma to your oral cavity. The single tooth implant will be color matched to the adjacent natural teeth so that it blends in nicely with your smile.
Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?
One of the most frequently asked questions that we get about dental implants is whether or not a patient is an ideal candidate for this innovative restorative option. In general, if you are in good overall health and have good oral health, you are a viable candidate to receive dental implants. If you have a strong jawbone and healthy gums, you are also a good candidate. At your consultation, we will do a dental cleaning and dental exam in order to determine the health of your mouth and jaw and if you are a good candidate. We will want to review your medical history as well. It is important we are made aware of any medical issues that could prevent you from being a candidate for oral surgery.
How to Become an Ideal Candidate
Oftentimes patients are not immediately eligible for dental implants, but thanks to complementary procedures their eligibility can be improved. These complementary procedures can make the process of receiving dental implants a somewhat lengthy one, so it is important that candidates be able to commit to several months or more of treatments, including multiple visits to our office. One common disqualification that can be easily treated is the presence of gum disease, as it makes placing implants more complicated.
Somewhat more complicated than gum disease is whether or not a patient has sufficient bone mass. Because implants are placed in the jaw, the ideal candidate needs to have strong, healthy bones. Younger patients have immature jawbones and must typically wait to finish the majority of their growth. Older patients also may not have enough bone due to age or previously lost teeth, but thanks to bone graft procedures we can usually regrow enough bone. An easy way to prevent a reduction in bone mass following the loss or removal of a tooth is to get what is known as a socket graft.
"Most studies show that dental implant success rates are between 96 - 99%."
Do Dental Implants Function Like Normal Teeth?
Dental implants are the restoration option that function most like your natural teeth. Due to their stability and durable material, they allow you to provide more bite strength than other tooth restoration options. Dental implants also produce the best visual results and are indistinguishable from natural teeth. In addition to functioning great, implants are easy to repair. Our team can remove the dental crown from the post and repair or replace it while outside of your mouth, giving our team easier access to the crown.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Implants Look the Most Like the Rest of Your Teeth
The aesthetics of your smile can be just as important as your health. After all, being too embarrassed to smile or talk can take a real toll on your mental health. With dental implants, you will never have to worry about that again. Implants are polished, sculpted, and positioned so that they both look and work just like your natural teeth.
Implants Are the Most Durable Option
If you want replacement teeth that will long outlast your natural teeth, then dental implants are the best choice. We custom design and fit every implant to truly become a natural part of your body, rather than needing to be replaced every five years like dentures and dental bridges. Even better, implants are cared for the same way you care for the rest of your teeth. All you have to do is brush and floss every day.
Implants Are the Most Affordable Option in the Long Run
It is true that implants can often seem like the more expensive option when directly compared to alternatives like dental bridges and dentures. When considered over the total lifespan of the replacements, though, implants are often far more cost-effective.
Dental Implant Success Rate
Dental implants have a very high success rate, up to 98%. This is what makes them one of the best tooth restoration options available today!
How Long Do Dental Implants Last?
Dental implants can last for 10 years or more, and generally last closer to 20 years. The implant posts will last for the rest of your life and never need to be replaced. Your dental crowns should be cared for just like your natural teeth. This means receiving regular professional cleanings and brushing your teeth twice per day for at least two minutes per session, as well as flossing.
Dental Implant Alternatives
Sometimes, despite our best efforts, there are patients who simply cannot be made eligible for implants. It might be a physical issue, or might be a financial matter. Regardless of the exact reason you should know that you still have viable options for restoring the look and function of your teeth. Sometimes, teeth are improperly diagnosed as being unable to be saved. We can take a second look at any affected teeth, and thanks to advances in gum disease treatment we might even be able to save the tooth. Even if the tooth cannot be saved, there are still dental bridges and dentures, which millions of Americans are benefiting from.
Find Out if You are a Candidate Today!
If you are in need of a single tooth dental implant, David R. Moyer Cosmetic & Family Dentistry is here for you. Still not sure if you are a candidate for a single tooth implant? Do you have more questions about how you can improve your eligibility, or want to know more about the alternatives that we offer? Then call 480.935.6295 today to schedule a consultation with David R. Moyer Cosmetic & Family Dentistry to find out more!