Single Tooth Implants
For almost half a century dental implants have provided a long-term solution to the problem of missing teeth. Scientifically tested and researched, dental implants have been a real success story in dentistry. They are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth.
For a single tooth implant a single crown is used to replace one missing tooth. Each artificial tooth attaches to its own implant.
How we replace a single tooth
- The socket is prepared and the titanium implant screw placed into the jawbone. One of the aims during the placement of the implant is to achieve immediate close contact with the surrounding bone to allow the bone to grow onto the implant and later provide a strong anchor for the new artificial tooth. Geistlich Bio-Oss® granules will be used (when required) to aid bone regeneration. This first surgical procedure is done under intravenous sedation. Once the gum has healed over, the top of the implant will sit just below the gum surface. During the following three to six months the bone in the jaw will bond with the implant.
- The second procedure is to uncover the top of the implant and attach a small connecting component (the abutment post). This post will eventually be covered by the new artificial tooth and will hold it in place. Impression mouldings will be made so that a crown can be made that fits the space perfectly and looks like a normal tooth.
- The new crown will be fitted and cemented into place.
- The completed implant will feel and look very natural.