A single tooth implant procedure is a surgical intervention where a titanium implant is fixed into your jawbone. An implant is a small rod that replaces the tooth root, gradually fusing with the jaw bone. The implant then supports a custom-made dental crown that replaces the missing tooth.
When you lose a tooth or have an extraction, we advise patients to replace the missing tooth as soon as possible. A replacement tooth reduces the risks of further dental health issues.
Your dentist will advise you if an implant is the right treatment to replace a missing tooth during your initial examination. We will review your medical X-rays and high-tech dental imagery to establish if your jawbone is suitable for an implant.
At the start of the procedure, a local anaesthetic is administered to numb the area to be treated. A small incision is made in the gum to expose a section of the jawbone where the implant will be placed. Your dentist will then screw the insert into the jaw bone.
Following a dental implant procedure, a temporary crown is usually fitted onto the top of the implant. Some patients may feel temporary soreness, swelling or sensitivity for a few days after the treatment, and you should avoid chewing or eating hard food for around two weeks, if possible.
Over the next few months, your implant should normally start to fuse with the jawbone. The fusion of the implant into the jawbone structure ensures the optimal stability and durability of the insert.
When the insert is stable and strong, a dental crown is custom-made to closely match your existing natural teeth in shape and appearance. The crown is then permanently bonded to the top of the dental insert, resulting in a similar feel and function to a natural tooth.
Dental implants are our gold-standard treatment to permanently replace missing teeth with proven comfort, efficacy and longevity.
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