Dental Implants

Single Tooth Implants

Single tooth dental implants to replace a missing tooth

Missing Tooth Implants London Clinic

Unfortunately, tooth loss is fairly common, but thankfully, there are some very effective treatments available, including dental implants. Common causes of premature tooth loss include fighting, accidents and trauma or sports injuries. For young people, who are expected to keep their natural teeth for a long time, dental implants are an excellent treatment option, particularly if the lost tooth is located at the front of the mouth. Dental implants can also be a very good choice for older patients who are looking for a long-term treatment, which provides optimum aesthetics and functionality.

Why is it important to replace missing teeth?

The most obvious impact of a missing tooth is the aesthetic of the smile; gaps in the smile tend to look unattractive and the smile may look less healthy. If you are unhappy with the look of your smile, this will undoubtedly affect your confidence and you may feel self-conscious when you smile, open your mouth or meet new people.

In addition to changing the aesthetic of the smile, missing teeth also affect the function of the mouth. Without a full set of teeth, you may find it more difficult to eat, chew and grind down food properly and this may affect your diet and your overall health. Missing teeth also impact on speech and the gaps can cause the neighbouring teeth to start to slip out of position, which may affect the bite.

Why should I choose a single tooth dental implant?

Dental implants have a number of benefits; firstly, they last a very long time and although they are expensive, they are likely to work out a more cost-effective solution that dental bridges and dentures. Dental implants also provide unrivalled levels of functionality and the aesthetic is very natural. Once the implant has been placed and the crown has been attached, the tooth will look exactly like the natural teeth and the level of function will also be the same, meaning you can eat and speak without any worries.

Dental implants also help to reduce bone loss and they are easy to care for and maintain. They also integrate into the jaw bone without irritating the gums or surrounding teeth.

The procedure

The procedure to fit a single tooth dental implant involves two key stages. After a consultation, the implant will be placed by drilling a hole into the jaw bone and inserting the implant. Once the implant is in place, the incision in the gum will be closed and the implant will be left to integrate; this takes between 3 and 9 months. Once the implant has integrated, an abutment is attached and the new crown can be fitted. The new tooth will then function and look exactly like a natural tooth.

The procedure to fit the implant is carried out under local anaesthetic.

What are the alternatives?

The alternative to dental implants for a single missing tooth is a dental bridge. A bridge is made from a false tooth, known as a pontic, which is fused to two crowns and supported by the neighbouring teeth. Dental bridges are less expensive than dental implants, but they do not last as long and the aesthetics are not as natural looking as implants, although you can get bridges made from porcelain and ceramic material, which blend well with the colour of the natural teeth.