Single Implants

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. Ask Dr. Ghannam and Dr. Annoni here at Artisan Dental Burke, VA and Chevy Chase, MD about single implants.

Procedure

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.

Benefits

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