A single tooth implant is an ideal long term solution when you have your adjacent teeth because the implant crown is not connected to any other teeth. The dental implant is placed between two natural teeth and is allowed to osseointegrate for 3-6 months depending on the dental implant site. Sometimes a bone grafting procedure is needed to help place the implant in the optimal position. There are several types of single implant procedures:
This is a case when there is an unrestorable tooth that needs to be removed and there is not enough bone to hold the dental implant in place. Bone material is placed to hold the space so the bone does not collapse and create a bigger problem in the future. The dental implant is placed 3-6 months later.
This is possible when an unfixable tooth is removed and there is enough bone to hold the dental implant. The dental implant is placed the same day after the tooth is extracted. In some instances bone graft material may need to be placed to fill in the space around the implant and in 3-6 month the implant crown and abutment may be placed.
This type of situation can either be simple or complicated depending on how the tooth was removed, how long ago the tooth was removed and if a bone graft was used at the time of the extraction. If a bone graft is needed, then, we have delayed dental implant placement; if no bone graft is needed then we can place the dental implant the same day.