A single missing tooth can drastically affect your self-esteem. Whether you have lost a tooth due to tooth decay or other medical reasons, we can help restore your smile and confidence.
Single tooth dental implants are made up of an artificial root which is inserted into and fused with the jawbone to hold the implant in place.
A crown is then added to act as a new tooth. With modern advancements in dentistry, your implant should feel as comfortable and functional as a real tooth.
What are the risks of a missing tooth?
A single missing tooth can affect your oral health. Firstly, exposed gum as a result of a missing tooth leaves the area vulnerable to bacteria and plaque build-ups. If too much bacteria settles on the exposed area, it can lead to gum recession and gum disease.
Am I suitable for a single tooth dental implant?
Once you have decided on a single tooth implant, you will need an initial consultation to assess your dental health and suitability. The key is healthy gums.
Strong and healthy gums will support your dental implant and reduce the chance of complications.
What does the procedure involve?
Once your dentist is satisfied with your overall oral health, the next stage is the dental implant itself.
It is important to keep in mind that even a single tooth dental implant is not a quick process, as the area will need time to heal between the implant being fitted and the crown (a new tooth) being placed.
The process should be relatively painless as you will be given a local anaesthetic to numb the area. The first stage of your new dental implant is placing the implant into your jaw.
This is achieved by making an incision into the gum and drilling a small hole into the jawbone. Next, the abutment (the attachment which will hold your new tooth in place) is screwed into the implant rod. Overall, this stage should only take around 30 minutes.
Your new implant will need time to fuse with your jawbone. This can take anywhere from six weeks to six months. In this time, we will give you a temporary artificial tooth, so you’ll have a new smile the moment you leave us.
What happens next?
As with any surgical procedure, we recommend taking over-the-counter painkillers to manage any discomfort in the following week. It’s also advised that you only eat soft foods and use an antiseptic mouthwash to keep the dental implant area clean.
Once your dentist is satisfied that the dental implant has fully healed and fused to your jawbone, the next step is adding your new tooth. Experienced dental technicians will design and create your new, bespoke tooth. This is then added to the abutment to complete your dental implant.
Caring for your single tooth dental implant
Looking after your new dental implant couldn’t be simpler – all you need to do is treat it as you would a normal tooth.
Brush and floss your new tooth daily to ensure it stays clean and that the surrounding gums are healthy. This will help to ensure your dental implant lasts as long as possible. A new implant (and crown) may take a little time to get used to if the tooth it replaced has been missing for some time.
Why choose a dental implant over a crown or bridge?
As crowns are added to dental implants anyway, it’s natural to wonder why you should take the step to get implants rather than just the crown.
The simple answer is implants fuse to your jawbone to create a strong and comfortable tooth replacement, whereas crowns and bridges rely on your neighbouring teeth for strength.
Many people find that while crowns are a satisfactory replacement, dental implants are so strong that they are as functional as the original tooth. Crowns are simply not as durable and will need to be replaced after roughly 15 years, whereas dental implants last for around 25 years. If cared for well, dental implants could last a lifetime.
Standard bridges, while also an effective tooth replacement, simply do not provide the same functionality as dental implants. Over time, bridges can loosen, putting added pressure on your gums and causing them to recede.
Bridges also require special cleaning products, whereas dental implants can be treated as regular teeth.
If you are interested in single tooth dental implants, get in touch today.
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