When a single tooth is lost or extracted from the mouth, a single tooth dental implant can be used to fill the gap and restore the appearance of the smile. With a single tooth implant, also known as an implanted crown, the patient will be able to speak and chew normally with an implant that looks and feels like their natural teeth. Since the dental implant mimics the function of a natural tooth root, the attached crown will be more stable and the implant will prevent deterioration in the jawbone. At Texas Periodontal Associates in Houston, board-certified periodontist Dr. Roberto Porras uses the highest-quality dental implants with custom-made crowns to give his patients their best results.
Single Tooth Implants Reviews
"The Implant was absolutely painless. The only draw back was after my appt was scheduled I was phoned and told it had to be rescheduled for a 1/2 hour later and then when I got there I had to wait another 45 minutes. For a scaredy cat that was not conducive to wanting to stick around for the surgery. Still because I did so well I would recommend this over a bridge. In fact I have recommended him already to a few people. "- P. / Demandforce / Jan 30, 2013
"I was so afraid as you were very much aware of at the time of my visit. Dr. P. made me comfortable both physically and mentally. Everyone in the office was very kind and even though I felt so embarrassed for my feelings you didn't make me feel foolish. I would recommend you to anyone. "- J. / Demandforce / Feb 24, 2016
"I had a serious issue pop up and Dr. Porras and his staff were very adept at getting me in and getting things taken care of. I had to have a bone graft done and Dr. Porras was so good to explain everything in terms that I understood. Dr. Porras and staff are all very professional yet make the patient feel very comfortable. I would recommend to anyone."- J.B. / Google / Jun 10, 2016
"A comfortable and relaxed experience was provided during my procedure. Everything was done right to make sure that I was relieved of any anxieties."- B.E. / Demandforce / Apr 30, 2016
"Each person from the front office staff, Dr Porras assistant and Dr Porras were very caring and kind. Dr Porras explained my dental problem in detail, asking various times if I had any questions. He was not in a hurry to rush me in and out. I feel blessed I was recommended to Dr Porras."- P.F. / Demandforce / Jun 10, 2016
Reasons for Tooth Implants
- To replace a lost tooth
- To preserve surrounding bone
- To improve appearance of smile
- To improve chewing and speaking
The first step in placing a single tooth implant is to put the screw that will replace the tooth root into the jawbone, which will be covered by a temporary crown. Once the implanted screw is in place, the implant is given 2 – 6 months to fully bond with the bone and tissue for the most secure anchor. Once the implant is ready, the doctor will remove the temporary crown and attach the custom-made crown to the dental implant. A well-made crown will blend into the patient’s natural teeth and restore the form and function of the teeth.
To keep the new dental implant in its best condition, patients should maintain a good oral health routine, including brushing their teeth twice a day, flossing, and visiting the dentist at least twice a year for a dental exam and cleaning. Patients who smoke are encouraged to quit after their implant is in place since smoking weakens the bones and may lead to implant failure. Patients should also avoid chewing on hard foods, including ice and hard candy to avoid breaking the dental crown.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $2,000 - $3,500
- Recovery Time
- 48 hours
- How Long It Takes
- 1.5-3 hours
- Follow Up Time
- 7-10 days
- Procedure Recovery Location
Every Tooth Matters
While a single missing tooth may not seem like a big deal to some, the lost tooth root can lead to the deterioration of the jawbone and cause problems with other teeth. A single tooth dental implant improves the appearance of the smile and also makes it easier for the patient to speak and chew.