Single-Tooth Implant

A single-tooth implant is a dental situation in which an individual tooth is missing and replaced with an implant. This is a fixed crown, meaning there is a permanent connection between the anchored tooth crown and the jawbone.

When is a Single-Tooth Implant necessary?

Single-tooth implants are usually used when individual teeth have been lost – be it as a result of an accident, through caries, or after an unsuccessful root canal treatment or a root resection. Another reason for tooth loss and the need for a single implant can be periodontitis.

Immediate implantation or late implantation? The perfect timing of insertion for a single dental implant depends on the individual initial situation of the patient. There are some advantages and disadvantages to consider.

Aesthetics in the front teeth region

In the incisor area, it is particularly important that lost teeth are replaced with a single-tooth implant as quickly as possible because of the aesthetics. To preserve the aesthetics of the front teeth, ceramic implants or a ceramic superstructure are usually used. In comparison to titanium implants, this prevents the implant from showing through darkly.

Function for the molars

The single-tooth implant is particularly heavily loaded in the posterior area, as this area is exposed to strong pressure when chewing. As a rule, resilient titanium implants are used here, on which the crown is glued.

General requirements for a single implant

For tooth implants to be used at all, certain requirements must be met. This includes an inflammation-free tooth socket, but also an intact bone structure. If this is not available, bone augmentation must be considered before inserting the implant.

Alternatives to a single-tooth implant

Single-tooth implants are the best option for restoring the aesthetics and function of individual missing teeth. Though more expensive than a bridge, they prevent bone loss that can occur when the jaw is not subjected to regular chewing stress. Additionally, untreated gaps can cause teeth to shift. In terms of comfort, health, and long-term aesthetics, dental implants are unbeatable. Dr. Mario A. Garibay can provide advice on the possible options for your situation.