Single Tooth Implant
1. What to Expect From a Single Tooth Implant Procedure
A single tooth implant is used when there is a single tooth missing requiring replacement. Ideally the implant should be placed shortly after the tooth has been lost to minimise the amount of bone loss in the area. In some cases bone grafting procedures may need to be considered prior to placing an implant.
2. An Implanted Tooth Consists of Three Different Compontents
An implanted tooth consists of several different components. These include the implant, a connecting abutment and the overlying restoration
- Implant : It is constructed of the highest quality titanium material and placed where the patient has a missing tooth.
- Abutment : This could be made up of porcelain, gold, or titanium and is attached to the implant using a screw. This is the part that will support the overlying restoration.
- Restoration : A bespoke crown is then made to match the existing colour of your teeth. This is then attached to the abutment either via a screw or cement.
3. Implant Process
Depending on the conditions of your mouth the implant placement can be straightforward or may require additional treatment prior to placement. Traditionally a single tooth implant can take between 3-6 months to be placed.
The procedure is broken down in to 2 stages:
- The implant placement – this is where the implant is placed surgically and allowed to heal.
- Uncovering the implant – this is when the implant is exposed to take an impression for your bespoke abutment and crown to be made. This can be either metal ceramic or complete ceramic in material.
On completion of the implant we here at dental provide you with a comprehensive list of after care advice, support and instructions to ensure that your investment is well maintained.
If you feel that implants are how you would like to replace your missing teeth then click here to book an appointment with one of our experienced dentists for a consultation.