Single Implants

Of the several dental implant options provided at Adult Dentistry of Ballantyne, single dental implants are arguably the most straightforward. Implant technology offers several sophisticated methods for replacing one or multiple teeth. Single dental implants are the most basic form of these prostheses, as they consist of a single post and crown. If you are missing teeth or are unhappy with the appearance or function of your smile, Dr. Rob Harrell can help you determine if you are a suitable candidate for single dental implants.
A single implant consists of several materials which are placed in successive steps. The first part of the process involves drilling a small hole in the jawbone. Inside this hole, a surgical-grade titanium post is inserted. The purpose of the post is to serve as an anchor for the entire structure once it has fused with the bone, a process known as “osseointegration.” Much like a screw, the post is threaded and the uneven surfaces make the fusion process much easier and faster. Once complete, an abutment is placed on top of the post. The abutment is the actual structure to which the visible portion of the implant is attached. Finally, a single dental implant is fitted with a porcelain crown. Porcelain offers tremendous benefits, as it is very strong and has similar wear patterns to enamel. With single dental implants and porcelain crowns, patients are able to eat and speak effortlessly. Best of all, porcelain is nearly indistinguishable from natural teeth.

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Benefits of Single Dental Implants

Single dental implants offer a number of advantages over traditional tooth replacement methods.

  • Dental implants are permanent. Unlike dentures, which may loose-fitting in the mouth, single dental implants are a permanent solution for replacing missing teeth.
  • Improved Function. Because they are immobile, single dental implants are much sturdier than dentures and bridges. This makes for much more natural eating, chewing, and speaking function.
  • Strength. The permanency of single dental implants also makes them the strongest tooth replacement available today. With implants, you can once again enjoy all of your favorite foods with no thought as to how well your teeth can handle them. Biting into whole apples or corn on the cob is no problem with dental implants.
  • Prevention of Bone Loss. When teeth are missing in the mouth, the underlying bone has a natural tendency to diminish. This can cause several problematic issues for surrounding teeth and the entire mouth. The titanium posts used with dental implants prevent this from occurring.
  • Appearance. Most single dental implants are completed with a porcelain crown. Porcelain is unquestionably the best material for fabricating replacement teeth. Porcelain is strong and resistant to staining and wear. It is also nearly identical to the shade and luminescence of natural teeth.

Thanks to technological advances in the field of dentistry, there is simply no reason for you to live a life of pain or discomfort. Single dental implants provide an unparalleled choice for restoring both the natural look and feel of your smile. They do not require any special cleaning other than brushing or flossing, and most patients cannot tell the difference between the feel of implants and their natural teeth. Dr. Harrell has years of experience in helping patients replace their teeth, and is committed to giving you the best results possible. If you are ready to smile, eat and speak with confidence once again, call (704) 541-9888 or email Adult Dentistry of Ballantyne today to schedule a free, no-obligation smile consultation with Dr. Harrell. During your consultation a complimentary digital smile preview (an $85 value) will be created to show how you will look when your treatment is complete.