Single-Tooth Dental Implants in Columbus, OH

Seamlessly Restore A Missing Tooth With Dr. Latif

Losing a tooth can be distressing, affecting your smile, ability to chew, and confidence. Thankfully, single-tooth implants offer an excellent tooth replacement solution. Keep Smiling Columbus provides single-tooth dental implants to restore functionality and aesthetics. Led by Dr. Sam Latif, the experienced team uses advanced techniques to achieve natural-looking, comfortable results.

Call (614) 459-7300 to schedule your implant consultation at Keep Smiling Columbus. We’re here to help you experience the best missing tooth replacement solution available!

What Are Single-Tooth Dental Implants?

A single-tooth dental implant is an artificial tooth root placed into the jawbone to hold a replacement tooth. It consists of three parts:

  • Titanium Implant Post: This foundational piece screws into the jawbone in place of the missing tooth root. The bone grows around it in a process called osseointegration, anchoring it firmly.
  • Abutment: This connects the implant to the new tooth. It sticks out from the gumline.
  • Custom Dental Crown: This fits over the abutment to look and function like a natural tooth.

The result is a stable, secure restoration that blends seamlessly with your natural teeth.

A woman holds up a model to show the dental implant process for a single tooth dental implant

Benefits of A Single-Tooth Dental Implant

Single-tooth dental implants offer many benefits over traditional missing tooth replacement options like bridges and partial dentures:

  • Maintain Bone Levels: Implants prevent bone loss beneath missing teeth.
  • Protect Healthy Teeth: No need to grind down adjacent teeth for bridges.
  • Improve Chewing Ability: Dental implants function like natural teeth.
  • Prevent Tooth Migration: Adjacent teeth won’t shift into the gap.
  • Restore Facial Contours: Implants prevent facial collapse from missing teeth.
  • Permanent Solution: With proper care, dental implants can last decades.
  • Natural Appearance: Implants look, feel, and function like real teeth.
  • Improved Speech: No more tooth loss affecting speech.
  • Boost Confidence: A dental implant can have profound social benefits.

Are You a Candidate for Single-Tooth Dental Implants?

Dr. Latif and his team evaluate certain criteria to determine if you’re a good candidate for replacing missing teeth with dental implants:

  • Generally Good Health: Chronic conditions like uncontrolled diabetes may cause complications with your dental implants.
  • Healthy Gum Tissue: Periodontal disease increases dental implant failure risk.
  • Adequate Bone Density: Our Columbus dental implant dentist assesses your jaw using 3D scans and x-rays. Bone grafting can augment thin areas.
  • Realistic Expectations: Understand the process, recovery times, and follow-up care.
  • No Smoking: Smoking impairs dental implant healing and osseointegration.

Schedule an exam to determine if you meet the requirements for a single-tooth dental implant.

The Single-Tooth Implant Procedure at Keep Smiling Columbus

Implant Consultation & Planning

At your initial dental implant consultation, Dr. Latif will perform comprehensive oral health evaluations and take digital scans and x-rays of the jawbone area. A 3D CBCT scan allows a detailed analysis of the anatomy. Using computer dental implant modeling software, Dr. Latif then plans optimal dental implant positioning and dimensions.

Tooth Extraction (If Necessary)

If there’s a non-restorable tooth in the planned implant site, Dr. Latif will gently extract it after your consultation. He’ll delicately elevate the tooth and clean the gum tissue and socket completely to disinfect it. Extraction sites generally take eight to 12 weeks to heal before the implant placement surgery.

Bone Grafting (If Necessary) 

Next, Dr. Latif will evaluate your jaw to determine whether you need bone grafting to augment any thin jawbone areas. Your Columbus dentist will precisely place bone grafting material into the socket to build the bone structure. It takes several months for full integration into the native bone to solidly support the implant.

Dental Implant Surgery

Once we’ve prepared your mouth for the procedure, we can begin the dental implant surgery. Dr. Latif will numb the area with local anesthetic and make a small incision to access the jawbone. He’ll then insert the implant into the pre-planned optimal position. A cover screw seals the implant for the three-to-six-month healing period while it integrates with the bone. You’ll also wear a temporary healing crown to protect your implant site.

Abutment & Crown Attachment

We’ll next attach the abutment and fabricate the custom crown. Dr. Latif will cement the crown onto the abutment, completing the single-tooth restoration. You can now enjoy a functional, natural-looking implant that can last decades with proper care.

Recovering After Your Single-Tooth Implant Procedure

Dr. Latif and team provide detailed post-op instructions to support comfortable healing:

  • Medications: Antibiotics and pain relievers control discomfort.
  • Oral Hygiene: Brush normally but avoid the surgery site initially. Antibacterial mouthwash prevents infection.
  • Diet: Stick to soft foods for the first week. Avoid very hot or hard items.
  • Activity: Limit strenuous workouts for a few days. Don’t smoke during recovery.
  • Follow-up: Return as directed to see our Columbus implant dentist for suture removal, checkups, and replacement tooth attachment.

Call our Columbus dental implant office at (614) 459-7300 if you experience severe pain, swelling, bleeding, or other concerning symptoms. With proper aftercare, you’ll quickly return to your normal daily activities.

Frequently Asked Questions

Call (614) 459-7300 For Your Implant Consultation

If you’ve lost a tooth, a dental implant can offer an excellent solution to restore your smile. Keep Smiling Columbus provides customized treatment combining artistry, advanced technology, and patient comfort. Reclaim confidence in your smile — schedule a consultation to determine if you’re a candidate for single-tooth implants!

Call (614) 459-7300 or fill out our online contact form to learn more about our Columbus implant dentist. We’re here to help patients in the Columbus metro area, including Gahanna, Upper Arlington, and Pickerington, OH.