Patients who have an empty space in the mouth may want to consider a single tooth implant.  The process can be involved, so it is important to understand all the steps.

A dentist can provide all of the necessary information. They will let the patient know if a specialist may be needed, depending on the situation.   A complete exam will be conducted during the initial visit. X-rays, medical and dental history will be obtained. Impressions will also be made for future use.  A scan may also be utilized to determine if there is enough bone in the mouth for the procedure.  If not, bone grafting may be necessary to complete the process successfully.

The time frame for this procedure can vary greatly, depending on each patient’s needs.   The process can take anywhere from three to four months to a year.  If bone grafting is necessary, the process will be longer.

In general, the patient can expect two surgical procedures.  The time between the two procedures will be a few months in general.  During this time, the implant is placed so that it can attach to the bone. As time goes on, the device will fuse with the bone and a temporary crown will be put in place.  Around a month later, the temporary crown will be replaced by the permanent model that looks quite natural.

The final result can easily last up to 25 years if cared for properly.  Follow up visits should be kept, as well as following the recommendations of the specialist.  Patients should also ask questions and get referrals on the front end.   A single tooth implant may also be covered by dental insurance, but it is best to find out before going ahead with the procedure so there are no surprises.