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Single Tooth Implant
Dentist Salem, OR

Dental implants are the most durable, effective, and long-lasting tooth replacement prosthetics. They are screw-like posts, typically made of titanium, that are surgically placed into your jawbone to provide a stable foundation for an artificial crown.

If losing a tooth has compromised your eating ability and ruined the beauty of your smile, Dr. Luisa Snyder and at Fairmount Dental Center may recommend a single tooth implant for you.

Components of a Single-Tooth Implant

A single-tooth implant surgery may consist of various components.
•  The Implant: The dental implant is a screw-shaped device that is made of a hypoallergenic and biocompatible material like titanium. This screw is placed into your jaw and serves to support a dental crown.
•  The Abutment: The abutment is a component that is shaped like a scaled-down tooth that has to receive a crown. The abutment is connected to the dental implant with screws and will provide a platform for the dental crown to sit on.
•  The Crown Restoration: The dental crown is made of porcelain, porcelain fused with metal, silver alloy, and even gold. This prosthetic is fabricated according to the dimension of your real tooth and is screwed onto the abutment.

The Single Tooth Implant Restoration Process

The time frame for completing the entire single-tooth dental implant restoration procedure can take several months. It can take an average of five months to install a single implant in the lower jaw or six to seven months to place a single implant in the upper jaw.

Some people also have a weak and low-density jawbone, which will require a bone augmentation process to build a jaw strong enough to support a dental implant. In this case, it may take three to six additional months. To place the implant, an incision will be made in the gum line and a small channel will be created to embed the implant in the jaw. The gums are then stitched closed and allowed to heal. Meanwhile, the implant will fuse to the jawbone in about six months.

Once the wound is healed, we will make another incision on the gum line to expose the implant and place a healing cap on it. This will prevent the gums from covering the implant and allow them to heal properly.

After a few weeks, we will remove the healing cap and install the abutment to the implant. Impressions will be made of the abutment and the surrounding teeth to fabricate a dental crown. The crown will be finished in about two weeks and you will visit us for the final time so that we can affix the crown on top of the abutment.

A dental implant procedure is a long-term commitment so make sure you make an informed decision. However, it is well worth it since the replacement tooth you will have will be virtually indistinguishable from your real teeth and will function and look like a natural tooth.

If you are missing a tooth, Dr. Luisa Snyder and at Fairmount Dental Center can recommend the right treatment option for you. To schedule an appointment, call (503) 362-8364 today.
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Single Tooth Implant • Dentist Salem, OR • Fairmount Dental Center
If losing a tooth has compromised your eating ability and ruined the beauty of your smile, we here at Fairmount Dental Center recommend a single tooth implant.
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