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Single-tooth implants is for people with one or more missing teeth. An implant is surgically placed in an opening that your dentist makes in the jawbone. Once the implant integrates to your bone, it acts as a new root for the crown to replace your missing tooth. A crown that looks similar to a natural tooth is attached to the implant and fills the space in the mouth by missing tooth.
However, the process can be done only when there is adequate bone in the jaw. The bone should be strong enough to hold and support the implant. If there is no adequate bone, it can be added through bone augmentation or bone grafting procedure. Additionally, natural teeth and supporting tissues around the implant placement should be good in health.
The implant, made of titanium is placed in the upper or lower jawbone The abutment is made of gold, titanium or porcelain. It is attached to the implant with a screw. The part links the implant to the crown. It is shaped to look like a natural tooth.
The restoration is a crown. It is made of porcelain fused to a metal alloy. It can also be all metal or porcelain. The crown is cemented onto the abutment. If the crown is screwed to the abutment, the screw hole will be covered with restorative material such as tooth-colored filling material.
If the traditional method of implant is used, then the time frame for a complete implant is around five months in the lower jaw and six months in the upper jaw. The process includes surgeries and placement of permanent crown. This process can last for at least one year.
On the other hand, implants and healing caps are placed at the same time. If your dentist uses mini implants, he or she will replace the crown, denture or bridge at the same visit.