When patients are looking to restore individual missing teeth, the most requested form of treatment is the dental implant. Our patients looking for single tooth restorations prefer dental implants for the treatment because of their ability to provide natural-looking replacement teeth that work and feel just like natural teeth. We encourage our patients in the South Bend, Kokomo, Fort Wayne, Northwest Ohio, and Southwest Michigan areas to read on to learn more about the single tooth restorations provided here at H. Ray Hazen, DDS, MSD, the leading dental implant center in Central Indiana.
For our patients looking to restore a single missing tooth, we will do this with three basic pieces. These are:
The process of having a single tooth restored using a dental implant is actually rather simple. In fact, it can be broken down into five easy steps. These are:
Before you can begin your restoration treatment, you will first need to attend a consultation with Dr. Ray Hazen. During this consultation, the doctor will examine your oral health in order to determine whether or not dental implants can provide the best possible treatment for your needs. He will also examine your oral structures to see if you will need a supplemental treatment before implants can be placed.
Some patients are not able to move directly from consultation to implant placement because the structures that will support their implants are not yet strong enough to handle the treatment. This deficiency is most commonly caused by conditions such as jawbone deterioration and gum recession. For these patients, we have supplemental procedures that can restore these structures, allowing these patients to move forward with the implant process.
Once your oral health is ready, you will be able to move forward with the implant surgery, during which your implant fixture will be placed in the empty socket in your jawbone left behind by your missing tooth. Once in place, the area will be stitched up so that it can heal. At this point, an abutment and temporary crown may be attached to the implant fixture, though it is not uncommon to wait until after the recovery period before these pieces are placed.
Once your implant fixture is in place, it will need three to six months of recovery time before it will be ready to support your restoration. During this time, a process called osseointegration occurs, which works to fuse your implant fixture to your jawbone. Because the fixture is made from titanium, your body will not recognize it as a foreign material, and will believe that your implant is no different from any of your natural teeth. It is thanks to osseointegration that dental implants can provide the many benefits they are known for.
Once osseointegration has finished, you will return to our office so that your restoration can be placed. At this point, you will be provided with your custom made dental crown, and the abutment will also be placed if it wasn’t directly after the placement surgery.