Single dental implant
The permanent solution for a missing tooth
Dental implants can be used to securely anchor multiple replacement teeth, leaving you with a new smile that looks and feels so natural, you will forget the teeth are not your own.
Each missing tooth does not necessarily require an individual implant to replace it. Often a more stable and cost-effective approach is to place an implant at either end of the 'tooth gap' and span across the implants with a fixed bridge . The chewing function is then restored with a minimum number of implants.
Traditional bridge treatments require dentists to file down the neighbouring healthy teeth, in order to attached the bridge in place. Dental implant technology alleviates the need to damage these healthy teeth, instead anchoring your bridge to implants, bonded with your jaw.
The implant itself is a titanium screw placed into the jaw, to
replace an original root. It’s a straightforward process which can be completed under
local anaesthetic. The implant will need three to six
months to heal and bond with your jaw bone to provide a solid support for your
replacement teeth are usually fitted at the same time as your implant
placement, which will stay in place until the final restoration appointment.
Once your jaw has healed, an abutment may be fixed to the implant to hold your replacement teeth (crown or bridge) in place. Abutments are produced in titanium, gold or porcelain, and can come as a standard fit or crafted specifically for you. These options offer a range of aesthetics results, depending on your requirements.
Crowns or a dental bridge are then fitted on top, to replace your missing teeth. Your dentist will carefully match the colour of your crown to your natural teeth.