Single implants are used when only a single missing tooth has to be replaced. Single implants are the solution for appearance-conscious people who have a single missing tooth with healthy adjacent teeth.
A single implant is placed in several steps. An incision is made in the edentulous area (area without teeth) and a titanium screw is placed in the jawbone. The screw is left there to develop a bond with the jawbone (osseointegration) and complete the healing process (usually 3 to 6 months). The next step is the placement of an extension (abutment) on the implant screw which serves as a foundation for the artificial crown. Finally, the crown is attached to the abutment.
The advantages of single implants over removable partial dentures or conventional bridges are:
- Esthetically superior
- Maintenance of jawbone integrity
- Preservation of healthy adjacent teeth
- Healthy gum tissue without pressure sores or irritation caused by dentures
- Maintenance of facial profile by preventing bone loss
- Easy maintenance and cleaning
- Much more convenient as there is no fear of clicking sounds or denture slipping while eating or speaking