Single Tooth Replacement
When a tooth and its root are missing, bone loss can occur. The implant replaces the tooth root to support the bone and supports the crown to provide a natural-looking tooth. A single-tooth implant is a stand-alone unit and does not involve treating the adjacent teeth. Your implant team (the specialist dentist and general dentist) will plan your treatment to help ensure the best outcome. The specialist (either an oral surgeon or periodontist) will place the implant and form the gum tissue around the implant. The bone around the implant should grow and integrate with the implant surface in just a few weeks. If the implant is in a visible area of the mouth, a temporary tooth restoration may be placed by your general dentist while the site heals. When healing is complete, your restoring general dentist will place the abutment -- a small piece that connects the implant to the crown. An impression will be taken and the final crown will be fabricated at a dental laboratory. When the final crown is returned from the lab, the temporary tooth will be removed and the final crown will be put into place.