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Single Tooth Implant

Diagram of dental implant with postIf you are missing a tooth, you may be wondering what to do next. At Precision Dental Specialties, we believe a single tooth implant replacement may be the answer. Dental implants have become the industry standard when it comes to tooth replacements.

What Is a Dental Implant?

A dental implant is a small titanium or zirconia post that serves as the root component of a prosthetic tooth. The materials and surfaces of these parts are highly specialized to encourage quick healing and strong connections with the bone for lasting durability. At precision dental specialties, we only use top brand well Researched implants to ensure maximum quality and dependability. We never place knock off brand implants. This implant is later attached to an abutment, or support structure, which links the post to your restoration. For a single tooth replacement, your restoration will most likely be a ceramic crown.

Most ceramic crowns are made with porcelain or zirconia. Each of these materials can be sculpted to match the appearance and texture of natural enamel. Both materials also possess the same light reflective properties as natural enamel, making your crown virtually indistinguishable from your surrounding teeth.

The Implant Consultation

During your initial consultation, Dr. Scott Bulloch or Dr. Brandon Bulloch will perform a thorough examination and review your dental and medical histories. We will also utilize diagnostic tools such as CT scanning to help us determine which implants are right for you. Once we determine your specific needs and desires, we can move forward with treatment planning.

Be sure to voice any concerns and ask questions. Your active participation is a necessary part of the design process.

Many patients have been told that they are not good candidates for implant placement. At precision dental specialties, we have advanced training and years of experience in all aspects of implant dentistry including repair and reconstruction procedures that make it possible to have successful implants placed in almost all situations.

The Implant Procedure

At precision dental specialties, we use advanced techniques to accomplish one step surgical implant placement in approximately 95% of patients. That means that we are able to remove a failing tooth, place an implant, perform any reconstructive bone grafting or tissue replacement procedures in one surgery. This allows for much shorter overall healing times, less discomfort, and your healing phases. When an implant is placed at the same time as the tooth extraction, the socket of the tooth is modified to except the implant. As a result, there is no remaining socket there for healing issues such as dry socket or food impaction are not possible. This leads to a much more comfortable and less irritating experience.

If the tooth is already missing and the there is no longer a socket, we are still generally able to place the implant and perform any necessary reconstructive procedures in one step.

These procedures are most commonly performed with you asleep. And precision dental specialties we utilize a nurse anesthetist to provide you with the highest level of anesthesia care while at the same time allowing the surgeon to concentrate on the details of the surgery. This provides a very safe and comfortable experience for our patients. 

Following the surgery, the site and implant will heal for 2 to 6 months depending on factors such as bone density, type of implant used, and overall treatment plan. After this healing phase, the implant is checked to make sure that it is fully healed and ready for placement of the final crown.

Schedule a Consultation Appointment

Find out if a dental implant is right for you! Call 435-522-5629 to schedule a consultation appointment now!

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Precision Dental Specialties, 754 S Main St, Suite 5, St. George, UT 84770 • 435-522-5629 • • 11/21/2022 • Associated Words: oral surgeon St. George UT •