How Does a Single Tooth Implant Work?
Single tooth implants are dental implants used to replace a single missing tooth permanently. The single tooth implant consists of an implant, a crown, and an abutment.
The dental implant is shaped like a screw and made of titanium. It is placed inside the jawbone and acts as the new tooth root. The abutment connects the crown to the implant and can be made of porcelain, titanium or gold. Finally, the crown is the artificial tooth that is molded and colored to match a patient’s natural teeth.
What Types of Single Tooth Implants Are Available?
There are two types of single tooth implants, endosteal implants and subperiosteal implants.
Endosteal implants are surgically placed directly into a patient’s jawbone. A second surgery is performed, once gum tissue has healed, to connect an abutment to the implant. Then the prosthetic tooth is connected to the post. This is the most popular type of dental implant.
Subperiosteal implants use a metal frame under the gum tissue that fuses to the jawbone as the gums heal. Attached to the frame are posts that stick out through the gums. An artificial tooth is then attached to the post.
This type of single tooth implant is performed when a patient doesn’t have sufficient amounts of healthy bone.