A dental implant provides several advantages over other tooth replacement options. In addition to looking, feeling and functioning like a natural tooth, a dental implant replaces a single tooth without sacrificing the health of neighbouring teeth or bone.
Two of the most common ways of replacing teeth are bridges and dentures. Bridges require grinding down adjacent teeth to support the bridge, and dentures cause erosion of the bone underneath the missing teeth. Both of these issues are solved by using dental implants to replace missing teeth.
A single tooth implant is easy to clean, it is brushed just like your own teeth, and does not require removable from the mouth – nobody will be able to tell it’s not your own tooth, not even you!
This lady had an unfortunate accident that resulted in the loss of both front teeth, the bone and gum in the areas was then heavily compromised by deep set infection. The infection was removed and complex bone and gum grafting was used alongside placement of dental implants to replace the missing teeth.
This lady attended after having a tooth extracted by her own dentist following a long standing issue with the root of the tooth. A single implant was placed to restore this space and allow her to smile again.
This gentleman attended with pain in his lateral tooth after a long battle to try and save the tooth had failed. He had tried various treatments in the past and had been left with an ill-fitting post crown. This was removed and an implant placed to preserve the health of the bone and gums.
The first stage of dental implant treatment is to ensure the socket, where the tooth is missing, is drilled at the precise location of the intended tooth. This is where the skill and experience of the implant surgeon is paramount. (fig. 1)
A dental implant, which is essentially a cylinder of titanium, is carefully placed in to the prepared socket. The main aim during placement of any dental implant is to achieve immediate close contact with the surrounding bone. This creates an initial stability, which over time is enhanced by further growth of bone into microscopic roughnesses on the implant surface. (fig. 2)
The body of the implant is a hollow screw onto which we can place a variety of components depending on the needs for that individual case. In this case, where we are replacing a single tooth, a post is fitted to the implant, on top of which a crown is cemented in place. (fig. 3)
Once the post and crown are in place, the implant will feel completely natural to you. Nobody would recognise that this is not your own tooth and with the correct care and diligent oral hygiene practice, this will last a life time. (fig. 4)