Phone: (971) 708-1608
2831 SE Cornelius Pass Rd.
Hillsboro OR 97123
Jeff R. Call, DMD, FAGD, FICOI
Dix C. Densley, DDS, FAGD, FICOI
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|Single Tooth Implant
A missing tooth can wreak devastation on your oral health. You typically have two options for replacing a missing tooth: a dental bridge or a single-tooth implant. Dental implants are an excellent long-term solution for missing teeth for many reasons, such as ease of care and preservation of surrounding teeth. Multiple tooth implants will also last for a lifetime.
If you are getting a single-tooth implant, it helps to know what is involved in the procedure. Dental implant surgery replaces tooth roots with metal posts or frames as well as artificial teeth that mimic natural teeth. A visit to for single-tooth implants will involve the following:
You have to first prepare for the single tooth implant procedure to increase its chances of success. It may involve several specialists who will ensure you need the procedure and that your mouth is ready for the implant.
The first step will be to have a dental exam, which will include x-rays and 3D images to make a comprehensive model of your mouth. The dentist will also review your medical history to ensure you will not have an adverse reaction during and after the procedure. The dentist will then formulate a personalized treatment plan for the procedure.
Dental Implant Procedure
Dental implant surgery is an outpatient procedure best done in a dentist’s office. Extraction of the damaged tooth will come first and be given enough time to heal. During preparation, the dentist will determine if your jawbone is too soft or thin for the single-tooth implant. If so, they will conduct a bone graft.
The dentist will first administer anesthesia to numb the pain. They will then insert the metallic screw or post into your jaw. The dentist will ask you to take two to six months to allow your jaw to heal. During that time, your jaw and the implant will fuse in a process called osseointegration. You will likely wear a temporary cap or crown as the fusion occurs.
Next, the dentist will uncover the implant and attach an extension upon which the new tooth will settle. It will involve modifying the gums, after which several weeks of healing time will be necessary.
The final stage of the procedure involves the installation of the replacement tooth or crown, which is attached to the metal post or abutment. You will choose whether you want a temporary or fixed replacement tooth. The dentist will then close the gum tissue around, but not over, the abutment.
After The Procedure
Dental implant surgery can happen in one or multiple stages. Regardless, it is crucial to give it enough time to heal. Our dentist may use stitches that dissolve themselves, or they might remove the stitches manually.
After the single tooth implant procedure, you may experience swelling and bruising of the gums. Pain and minor bleeding at the implant site is also a possibility. If you experience any adverse effects, you should contact our dentist immediately. A small percentage of dental implants fail, though, therefore a second implant procedure might be necessary.
Please consult for more information regarding single-tooth implants and dental implant surgery. Contact us at for an appointment.