Single tooth loss may be as a result of an accident or injury. This small mishap can be transformed with an implant. Having a dental implant in between your natural teeth is the most successful dental procedure. Success rates are nearly 100% perfect. A single tooth implant does not affect your other teeth, looks better and is easy to keep clean, just like your regular teeth. If your jawbone is not deep enough for a single tooth dental implant then a bone graft will be required. Single tooth implants can be carried out on both front and back teeth. Mini implants can also be used.
The procedure of a single tooth implant is as normal: the dentist will make a tiny incision in your gum in order to access your jawbone. He or she will then drill a small hole in this bone before inserting the implant. The implant will look like a small metal rod resembling that of a screw. After insertion, the incision is closed to allow for the healing process to begin, which is usually over a period of 3-6 months. Osseointegration will begin to occur as the implant infuses with the jawbone. For cosmetic reasons, we can fit a temporary tooth or crown while your new single tooth implant establishes itself. The second procedure consists of the original wound being re-opened before fixing a small attachment to the implant. Now a new artificial tooth can be fastened in place: the aversion of disaster at the return of your restored smile.
Types of Single Implants at Tracey Bell:
All Ceramic Central Incisor
This is a type of artificial tooth, made of ceramic, which is strong and natural looking. It is also biocompatible: it works well with the human body, with no risk of rejection or an allergic reaction. They are also non-metallic, which replaces the old PFM or porcelain to metal type restorations. The aesthetic advantage is there are no unsightly metallic lines on show if the gum recedes. The Ceramic Central Incisors both look and act just like your natural teeth. They also need the same amount of care and attention when it comes to looking after them.
- It starts with an initial consultation here at Tracey Bell, in which your reasons for an implant are discussed in a frank and honest manner.
- X-rays and a CT scan are arranged to show the exact position of the intended implant. If your jaw shows sign of bone loss or bone resorption then you will be advised to have a bone graft. This treatment can be undertaken as a two-stage process. The first stage can involve implant insertion plus taking an impression of the patient s jaw in order to produce a cast. This cast can be used to build a temporary restoration. The second stage involves the fitting of an abutment followed by the placing of the restoration.
Anterior Implant Crown
This refers to a type of restoration, which is used to replace a loose or missing tooth at the front of the mouth. In the case of a loose tooth we will replace this with a Dental Implant and allow time for it to fuse before fitting a crown. Front Tooth Replacement is also known as Maxillary Lateral Incisor. The Maxillary Lateral Incisor is a tooth located in the bottom jaw, usually around the midline of your face. Its main function is for chewing. However, these can be missing, often due to an injury or as a congenital defect. If this happens then they will need to be replaced and the best means of doing so is with using Dental Implants. These are inserted in the usual manner.
Immediate Single Tooth Replacement (Lateral Incisor Replacement)
This treatment is similar to above but, is completed in one session rather than a two stage process; in other words, immediate loading. By that we mean that you undergo the insertion of the implant, followed by the attaching of the abutment and then, the placing of the restoration all in a single procedure. You need to have healthy teeth and a jawbone with enough depth and width to hold the implants. This instant procedure is becoming more popular but be aware that there is a greater risk of failure than with the normal two stage procedure. If you are having just the one tooth replaced then you will find that your dentist will use a crown as a replacement. This crown can be made of porcelain, ceramic or metal and will blend in well with your other teeth.
Single Tooth Implant Teething Problems
Single tooth implants are usually a straightforward procedure. However, there is a condition called poor soft tissue result that has a small chance of recurring. If the tissues of the gum have not been cared for correctly, then a dark line can form around your restoration. In some cases, the gum is so thin that the implant itself is visible. From an aesthetic point of view this looks unattractive and unwanted. Not to mention the fact that it can make the patient feel self-conscious and reluctant to smile. The only way of dealing with this is by soft tissue grafting. This means taking thicker gum tissue from the palate of the mouth and grafting this onto the area, which holds the implant.