Single Tooth Dental Implants in ABQ

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Rio Grande Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center provides single tooth dental implant services in Albuquerque, NM. Call 505-821-2111 to learn more and schedule your appointment.

Dental implants are the best solution when one or more teeth are lost since they are the only option that replaces both the root and the crown of the tooth. This keeps your bite strong and prevents facial collapse by preserving bone in the jaw.

Dental implant restorations come in a variety of shapes and sizes, but single tooth dental implants are one of the most common. Although the full restoration is sometimes referred to as a dental implant, the term dental implant actually only refers to the post or screw that is inserted into the jawbone. This implant is connected to an abutment, which holds a dental crown in place.

Single Tooth Dental Implant Procedure

Dr. Steel will make sure you have enough bone mass in your jaw to support dental implants before you have implant surgery. Dental implants are more likely to fail if they don't have a solid foundation. You may require bone grafting prior to your dental implant procedure if you have experienced bone loss.

A small incision in your gum is used to place the dental implant into your jawbone. Many patients prefer to have dental implant surgery while awake, with a local anesthetic to keep them comfortable throughout the procedure, but sedation options are available should you need them.

After your implant has been placed, we wait for osseointegration to occur. This is the process in which your jawbone and implant fuse together. Once you have a strong base of support, an abutment is attached to the implants, and then a crown is affixed to the abutment.

Single tooth dental implants resemble natural teeth in both appearance and function. Because patients can eat all of their favorite foods and brush and floss as usual, many forget they have an implant after a while! Although you may need to replace the crown at some point, your dental implant should last a lifetime as long as you follow our care instructions.

Single Tooth Dental Implant Procedure

How much does a dental implant cost for one tooth?

The cost of a single tooth dental implant will vary based on whether you require any supplemental procedures, such as bone grafting or extractions, as well as the type of crown you select from your dentist.

Can you get a dental implant for one tooth?

Yes, this is very common. Many people only have one tooth that needs to be replaced, which can be easily restored with a single tooth implant. Dental implants are superior to a dental bridge because bridges can place stress on the abutment teeth, but dental implants do not need support from other teeth.

Do you get a temporary tooth with an implant?

Yes, your dentist can fit you with a temporary tooth during the dental implant process.

Who is a candidate for dental implants?

The most important requirement for dental implant surgery is that you are in good physical health. If you have gum disease or other major oral health problems, they must be treated before getting dental implants. For dental implants to be successful, patients must also have enough bone density in their jaw. If you don't, bone grafting or a sinus lift may be required; alternative dental implant solutions, such as mini dental implants, may be worth considering if they’re an option for you.

Can I get a dental implant years after extraction?

Yes, a dental implant can restore a tooth years or even decades after an extraction. If your tooth has been missing for a long time, you'll likely require bone grafts before surgery to augment your jaw.

Call 505-821-2111 to schedule your appointment.