Single implants are the preferred method for replacing a single tooth. The titanium implant is typically paired with a porcelain crown that closely resembles the color of a natural tooth.
Advantages of Implant Treatment
When replacing a single tooth, an implant replacement provides:
- A durable, long-term replacement solution
- Natural chewing and speech abilities
- No requirement to drill or shape the surrounding teeth
- Preservation of healthy gum and jaw bone
- Allievement of lingering joint pain in the jaw
- An excellent alternative to root canals
- A replacement tooth that looks and feels like a natural tooth
- A success rate of more than 96%
The Treatment Process
Implant treatment usually takes 3-6 months to complete. The first step is to meet with Dr. Maleki for an initial consultation. At this appointment, you will discuss your treatment goals, concerns and questions with him.
At the first treatment appointment, Dr. Maleki surgically implants a titanium prosthesis into your jawbone. A temporary crown is then placed to protect the implant site while your mouth heals.
Over the next several weeks, Dr. Maleki continues to monitor the implant to verify that it successfully fuses into the jawbone. Once satisfied with the progress, Dr. Maleki places a tooth-colored porcelain crown onto the top of the implant. The final result is a replacement tooth that looks, feels, and functions just like a natural tooth.