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.