Single Tooth Dental Implants

Single Dental Implants in Woodridge

Smile Studio 87 provides single and multiple dental implant services in Woodridge, IL. Call 630-427-2019 to learn more and schedule your appointment.

When you’re missing one or more teeth, dental implants are the best solution because they are the only option that replaces both the root and the visible portion of the tooth above the gum line. This preserves bone in the jaw, keeping your bite strong and preventing facial collapse.

There are many different types of dental implant restorations, but single tooth dental implants are one of the most popular. Although it’s common for the entire restoration to be called a dental implant, technically speaking the implant refers to the post or screw that is placed in the jawbone. An abutment is attached to the implant, which holds a crown in place.

What Happens When You Get a Dental Implant

Before you have dental implant surgery, we will make sure that you have sufficient bone mass in your jaw to support your implants. Without a stable base, dental implants are at a higher risk of failure. If you have experienced bone loss, you may need bone grafting prior to your dental implant procedure.

The dental implant is placed into your jawbone through a small incision in your gum. For a  dental implant, many patients choose to be awake for the procedure, using only local anesthetic to keep them comfortable while we work. 

After your implants are placed, we wait for osseointegration to take place. This term refers to the process in which your jawbone and the implant fuse together, forming a stable base of support. An abutment is attached to the implants and then a crown will be attached to replace your missing tooth.

Dental implants look and function just like natural teeth. Most patients forget they even have an implant because they can eat all of the same foods and brush and floss as usual. Although you may need to replace the crown at some point, with proper care, your dental implants should last a lifetime.

Frequently Asked Questions About Single Tooth Dental Implants

How much does a dental implant cost for one tooth?

Single tooth dental implants cost between $3000 and $4500. Costs will vary depending on whether you need any preliminary work, like bone grafting, and the type of crown you choose.

Can you get a dental implant for one tooth?

Yes, you can. Many people are only missing one tooth and in these cases, we can replace it with a single tooth implant. This is preferable to a dental bridge because bridges compromise the structures of the adjacent teeth, while dental implants do not.

Do you get a temporary tooth with an implant?

Yes, we can provide you with a temporary tooth while you wait for your permanent restoration to be fabricated. 

Who is a candidate for dental implants?

The most important criteria for dental implant surgery is that you are in good health. If you have periodontitis or other serious oral health issues, these will need to be resolved before you can have dental implants placed. It’s also critical that patients have sufficient bone density in the jaw to support dental implants. If you do not, bone grafting or a sinus lift may be necessary; there are also alternative dental implant options that you may want to explore, like mini dental implants (MDIs). 

Can I get a dental implant years after extraction?

Absolutely. You could be missing a tooth for decades and have it replaced with a dental implant. Sometimes if your tooth has been missing for a while, you’ll need bone grafts to augment your jawbone prior to surgery.

Call 630-427-2019 to schedule your appointment.