A treatment option to replace a single missing tooth is called a single-tooth implant. For many years, patients were advised to put their desires aside and accept the limitations of missing such teeth. As knowledge of the benefits of implants has grown, many now feel the most natural method to replace a tooth is to use an implant, rather than preparing adjacent teeth and joining them together with a fixed partial denture.
The primary reasons for suggesting the fixed partial denture were the ease of using the procedure and the reduced time needed for the treatment to install it. However, if this concept were expanded, extractions would replace endodontics and dentures could even replace orthodontics. The primary reason to suggest or perform a treatment should not be related to treatment time or difficulty of the procedure, but instead should consider the best possible long-term solution for each individual.
From 1993 to the present, single-tooth implant survival reports have validated this procedure as the most predictable method of tooth replacement. There are more refereed reports in the academic literature for single-tooth implant replacement than for any other method of tooth replacement, and all reports demonstrate a higher survival rate for single-tooth implants. From 1980 to 2001, the single-tooth implant success rate was in the range of 97 percent—higher than any other implant restoration.
What is the success rate of dental implant treatment?
Although posterior single-tooth replacement is a relatively new treatment alternative, many studies have been published since 1990, and survival rates reported range from a low of 94.6 percent to a high of 100 percent for one to 15 years. The median of these reports is a 2.8 percent implant loss within five years. In comparison, fixed partial denture failure rates may be as high as 20 percent within three years, and 50 percent rates at 10 years. As a result, the single-tooth implant exhibits the highest survival rates presented for single-tooth replacement. As important, no reports indicate a loss of an adjacent tooth, which is a considerable advantage.
On the other hand, the longevity of the implant crown has not been adequately determined, as these reports do not extend as long as those of other treatment options. Despite some limitations and obvious clinical challenges, the single-tooth implant represents the treatment of choice from both a health and value standpoint. When adjacent teeth are healthy, or when the patient refuses their preparation for the fabrication of a traditional three-unit fixed partial restoration, a posterior single-tooth implant is an excellent solution.
What are the health-related advantages of dental implants?
Health-related advantages of implants over a fixed partial restoration are listed include decreased the risk of decay and periodontal disease, decreased the risk of abutment tooth loss from endodontic failure or decay, and improved esthetics. Psychological advantages, especially with congenitally missing teeth or the loss of a tooth after a crown restoration, are significant as well. These advantages are so significant to the health and periodontal condition of the adjacent teeth and maintenance of the arch form that the single-tooth implant has become the treatment of choice in most situations.
Economic considerations may play in disfavor of the implant restoration only during the first seven years after the implant. The single-tooth implant becomes more advantageous economically, not only for health considerations, after the break-even point of seven years, at which time the patient will not need a replacement prosthesis. The savings will offset the initial higher cost.
Dental Implants or Dentures?
Dental implants and dentures are the most common options. Dentures are false teeth, and although their quality has improved, they’re not ideal for everyone. If not secured with denture adhesive, dentures might slip out of place while eating or speaking, which could be embarrassing, and partial dentures might promote infection and decay in other teeth if they aren’t fitted properly, which may increase the risk that you would need a tooth filling on the adjoining tooth.
If you are missing teeth and your gums and jaw are healthy, you may benefit from dental implants, which are replacement teeth that are implanted surgically into the jawbone. With good oral hygiene, dental implants can last for 20 years or more without the need for replacement. Dental implants are often a popular choice for people who have only one or two teeth missing, but they can be an alternative to dentures if you have several missing teeth. As long as your gums and jaw are healthy, two or more implants can serve as a base of support for several replacement teeth.
Dental implants require a titanium post to anchor a porcelain crown. This procedure is performed in two stages. First, the surgeon will place the dental implant into the bone and allow it to heal. Then the dentist will place the permanent crown onto the implant and adjust your bite to ensure it is perfectly aligned. Over time, the titanium post fuses to your jawbone in a process called osseointegration, helping the dental implant last a lifetime.
Financing options for Dental Implants
We accept most insurance coverage. We offer a convenient list of options for making payments and we work hard to make third-party lenders and other types of credit available. Please check our specials page for occasional new deals on dental implants.
About Omega Dental
With our variety of dental specialists under one roof, Omega Dental Specialists Houston provides patients with treatment options for any potential need. Our dedicated staff is experienced in several specialty divisions, including Endodontics, Oral Surgery, Pediatric Dentistry (Pedodontics), Dental Implants and Orthodontics. Our technologically advanced office is equipped with some of the most modern instruments and machinery available in dentistry. At Omega Dental, we are open seven days a week to help you to take care of your oral health even if you have a busy schedule.