Single Tooth Dental Implants – Florham Park, NJ
Regain a Complete, Fully Functional Smile
A single missing tooth can negatively affect your appearance, but that is only one of the consequences of an incomplete smile. Over time, the bone that once supported the tooth will deteriorate, and the adjacent teeth may begin to drift out of place. Really, you have every reason to fill in the gap! Dr. John Carollo can replace your missing tooth with a single dental implant.
What Is a Single Tooth Implant?
A dental implant is a small titanium cylinder that gets placed beneath the gum line. Following the placement surgery, the implant fuses to the bone around it. Thus, it is able to act as a substitute for the root of the missing tooth. After the bond between the implant is nice and strong, Dr. Carollo attaches a custom crown to the top of the implant to replace the visible portion of the missing tooth.
The entire dental implant process may take several months because time is required for your body to integrate the implant. Throughout your treatment time, you can expect to be quite comfortable. There may be some soreness after the initial surgery, but it should be mild. After you receive your gorgeous new restoration, your smile will look and feel so natural that you might even forget you ever had any missing teeth at all!
Who Can Receive a Single Tooth Implant?
Candidates for dental implants need to have adequate bone structure to support their new tooth. If your jaw is not large enough or strong enough to accommodate an implant, a bone graft may be able to build it up.
Beyond adequate bone structure, other indications that you are an ideal candidate for a dental implant include:
- You’re free of gum disease and serious health problems that would affect your ability to heal following the implant placement surgery.
- You do not smoke or chew tobacco.
- You have excellent oral hygiene habits.
- You want to experience the best tooth replacement treatment that modern dentistry has to offer.
Benefits of Single Tooth Implants
There are essentially two ways to replace a single missing tooth: a fixed bridge or a dental implant. A fixed bridge can restore full dental function and look quite natural, but it lacks many of the advantages of dental implants. For example, it will not stimulate the jawbone and prevent it from deteriorating. Placing one also requires that the abutment teeth (which support the bridge) be significantly modified. Since an implant is self-supporting, it allows your healthy dentition to remain intact.
Cost of a Single Tooth Implant
When you visit our practice for a consultation, we’ll provide you with an estimate for the cost of your treatment. The total amount you owe will depend on the extent of any preliminary work you must undergo, whether your insurance covers dental implants, and a number of other factors. Although a dental implant is more expensive than a fixed bridge, it lasts much longer and provides superior strength, aesthetics, and oral health benefits. It’s a worthwhile investment!
Are you ready to discover whether a single tooth implant is right for you? Contact us today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Carollo.