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Single Tooth Implants

Single Tooth Implants (Implanted Crown) - Houston, TX

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Overview

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.

Reasons for Tooth Implants

  • To replace a lost tooth
  • To preserve surrounding bone
  • To improve appearance of smile
  • To improve chewing and speaking

Procedure

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 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.

AfterCare

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.

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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  
Outpatient
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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.

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* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary. All procedures are performed under intravenous conscious sedation.