Single Tooth Dental Implants – State College, PA
Complete Tooth Replacement That Gives You Superior Results
Unfortunately, there are many reasons for tooth loss, including gum disease, accidents, genetics, and poor oral hygiene. That's why it's no surprise that around 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth! But while you may think a missing tooth isn't a big deal, especially if it doesn't show when you smile, nothing could be further from the truth. On top of affecting your appearance and self-confidence, leaving an empty space causes your other teeth to shift, which leads to bite alignment issues. In addition, your remaining teeth have to bear more chewing force, putting them at risk for excessive wear, cavities, and gum problems. Fortunately, by replacing your missing tooth with a single dental implant, you can protect your smile from further damage. If you'd like to find out how dental implants can benefit you, contact us today. Dr. Labosky has over 20 years of experience as a restorative dentist and will create the perfect treatment plan for you!
Placing the Dental Implant
Replacing your missing tooth with an implant is done in stages spread out over several months. In some cases, particularly if it's been a long time since a tooth was removed, patients may need preliminary work to prepare their jaw for an implant (such as a bone graft or sinus lift).
An implant surgery takes 1-2 hours per implant. First, the area will be fully numbed. Then a titanium post, which is the implant itself, is placed in the jaw to take the place of the missing root.
Designing the Abutment and Dental Crown
After your implant has been placed in your jaw, it's given 3-6 months (on average) to fuse with the surrounding jawbone. This process, called osseointegration, is what gives an implant it's unmatched strength and helps it function like a natural tooth.
Once the implant has osseointegrated, you'll return for another visit to have an abutment attached to it. This serves as an adaptor that will connect your implant to a dental crown. After taking impressions, we'll design the abutment and crown to fit your new implant perfectly and look very natural. We'll also put a temporary crown in place while your permanent one is being made (this typically takes 1-2 weeks).
Restoring Your Implant With Your New Dental Crown
Once we receive your custom-made crown from the dental lab, you'll come back one last time to have it connected to your implant via the abutment. Then you'll care for your new implant the same way you would your natural teeth: brush at least twice a day, floss once, and come in to see us for checkups twice a year. With consistent care and basic maintenance, your implant can last 30 years or more.
If you’re missing a single tooth and want to learn more about this fantastic replacement option, give us a call today to schedule a consultation!