Single Missing Tooth
For a missing tooth there is no better restoration than a dental implant
If you are missing a tooth there are number of reasons why you should replace it with a dental implant.
When you lose a tooth it affects the health of your jawbone, gums and surrounding teeth. The missing tooth root causes the jawbone to atrophy and shrink which can have the knock-on effect of further tooth loss. A missing tooth also leaves gum exposed which increases the risk of gum disease.
By replacing a tooth with a dental implant and prosthetic tooth replacement, you are looking after your jaw, gums and remaining teeth.
The dental implant procedure
Once a consultation for your dental implant treatment has taken place, the actual implant procedure is performed over three appointments.
- The first appointment is when the implant is surgically placed at the site of the missing tooth root. It is then covered over to heal. The time between your first and second appointment is determined by how long it takes your jawbone to fuse with the dental implant, this typically takes up to 12 weeks, but varies from patient to patient.
- At the second visit, the implant will be exposed, and the measurements and impressions are then taken to fabricate the final restoration.
- The third visit is when the restoration, dental crown or bridge, is bonded to your implant via a special connection.
How long can a dental implant last?
The actual dental implant, the biocompatible titanium screw placed into your jawbone, can last for the rest of your life. This depends on how well you look after your oral health. The dental crown generally lasts up to 20 years, however, this also depends on how well you look after your oral health.
After restorative work regular check-ups are recommended
It is important after any restorative treatment to return to Dentessential for regular appointments, as this will allow our team to monitor the dental implant and help you maintain optimal oral health.