The loss of a single tooth can cause significant changes to our day to day lives. Teeth work in groups together to spread the workload and when one or more teeth are lost, balance is lost and the remaining teeth have to work much harder for us to maintain our chewing efficiency.
Loss of a single tooth can cause neighbouring teeth to drift, open up spaces, twist and rotate and become loose. There are many small effects that occur that eventually cascade into much more complex issues like slanted and unbalanced bites. These complex issues are far more difficult to treat.
A single tooth implant is a simple procedure that allows a missing tooth to be restored. It is a routine procedure and so simplified now that it has become the gold standard for treating a missing space.
The dental implant consists of three different parts. The dental implant itself is the screw that anchors itself into the bone, and that is the part that provides support to the ‘tooth’ when you chew. The second part is called the ‘abutment’ and that is an intermediary component that joins the ‘tooth’ to the dental implant screw itself. The third part is the part you see and use – and that is the dental implant crown or the ‘tooth’.
Single tooth implants are a predictable and safe procedure that restores a missing space to the natural function and contour of a healthy tooth. It is strong and can withstand normal chewing forces. The tooth is custom fitted and aesthetically blended to your natural teeth.
Steps to completing your single tooth implant journey
- First visit consultation – After an initial consult, we require further information to allow us to diagnose and treat the missing tooth appropriately. We may require some moulds taken to assess the bite as well as other diagnostic records such as x-rays to assess bone availability. Planning to this degree means we will have the most appropriate implant for the tooth before you even come in!
- Second phase implant placement – This is the visit where the dental implant screw is carefully placed with precision into the jaw bone for it to heal and support a tooth. If there is an extraction of a tooth to be done, often it is possible to place the implant at the same time – saving you having to go through two surgeries! Every care will be made to ensure you have the most pleasant experience, and we have different options for sedation and anxiolysis should you want to explore them.
- Third phase – The last phase of the implant treatment process is to restore the implant with a ‘tooth’. After an usual healing period of 3 – 6 months, the dental implant is ready to be put into use. An impression/mould will be taken of the implant to capture its location in your mouth and to the neighbouring teeth so we can carefully and expertly craft a tooth to restore the missing space!
The cost of a single tooth implant starts at $4,500. This is a package pricing that includes the dental implant screw, the implant abutment and the implant crown. Please do note that the price may vary for each specific single tooth implant as there are specific factors and clinical conditions that will play a part in the reconstruction of a missing tooth. For example, some patients may require a bone graft or complete sedation services. For an accurate free quote, please book in for a complimentary consultation.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a bone graft? Do I need one?
The normal healing process after having a tooth extracted is the jaw bone in the area shrinks. There is a considerable amount of change after a tooth extracted that a bone graft may sometimes be needed to improve the shape, quality and quantity of bone in the area – afterall, we want our implants to be in healthy and adequate bone!
With all surgical procedures, we would carefully assess your 3-D dental scan to allow us to determine the most optimal position for your dental implant. Your dental surgeon will discuss with you if a bone graft is needed for an optimal and long lasting result.
How long do dental implants last for?
When an implant is healed appropriately, it is very strong and fused with your jaw bone. An implant is made from very strong titanium and when it is cared for appropriately, it can last decades. There are implants that have been functioning with perfect health for 40 years!
Are dental implants safe?
A dental implant is made from a biocompatible material such as titanium (metallic) or zirconia (white ceramic). These biocompatible materials allow the implant to osseo-integrate (fuse) with the jaw bone. The bone supports the implant and the implant stimulates the jawbone – allowing it to maintain its volume and stability and not wasting away!
Dental implants are a surgical procedure and all surgical procedures carry risks. When placed by an appropriately trained and skilled dental surgeon, these risks and complications are very rare.
What is the success rate of dental implants?
A dental implant needs optimal oral care and hygiene. When a dental implant is appropriately cared for, they have a survival rate of more than 95% according to multiple published studies. A dental implant is an exceptional option to replacing a missing or a problematic tooth.
I need a tooth extracted, can I have a dental implant?
Yes! Please speak to your dental surgeon as often times, we can extract the tooth and place the dental implant at the same time! This reduces the number of surgical appointments and improves the healing process.
How much down time will I need?
A dental implant surgery is a surgical procedure. There is often some minor bruising or swelling in the first couple of days of recovery. The swelling is typically quite minor and should not cause any major discomfort. Patients typically report to be feeling recovered by about the 3rd day.
Do I need to be asleep for the procedure?
Patients who have had teeth extracted before often report the dental implant surgery is very straight forward procedure. Often times, a simple and straight forward single implant procedure is done under local anaesthetic only.
If you’re nervous or anxious about having the dental implant surgery done, we offer various options to ensure you have the utmost care and comfort. We offer options such as anti-anxiety medication, IV sedation and general anaesthesia. Please discuss this with your dental surgeon.
What alternatives are there to having a dental implant?
A dental implant replaces a missing tooth. It has become the gold standard for teeth replacement due to its long lasting success and patient comfort. Alternatives to having a dental implant include a removable denture/plate and a dental bridge.
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