Single Tooth Implants
The treatment process for replacing a single tooth is simple and can be completed in either a one-step or two-step procedure.
The first stage is a comprehensive consultation with one of our dentists. You will discuss all of the stages in the procedure and then undergo a thorough dental examination to assess your current dental health. X-rays will be taken of your jaw to determine the condition of the bone and check the placement of the implant. If required a CT scan will also be taken to create a 3D representation of your jaw to aid with the placement of the implant. Finally impressions will be taken of your teeth to which are used to create a guide for inserting the implant.
A clearly written treatment plan will be given to you after the consultation. It will list all of the proposed treatment stages as discussed with your dentist and include information on the time to complete the process and overall costs.
One step method – the dental implant will be placed into the jaw and a temporary abutment is attached.
Two step method – the dental implant is placed in to the jaw and the covered by the gum and left to heal, the abutment is attached later.
With both treatments a temporary prosthesis is used at this stage to allow time for the bone to heal around the implant. The time this takes will vary from patient to patient.
Attaching the abutments:
One step method – once the bone has bonded with the implant the temporary abutment is removed and replaced with a permanent one.
Two step method – a minor incision is made to open the gum and put the abutment in place, again only once the bone has bonded to the implant.
Once the permanent abutment is in place a new impression is taken of your teeth
Fitting and re-examination:
This final stage is the same for both the one and two step method. Once the new crown is ready to be fitted your dentist simply attaches it to the abutment, permanently filling the gap and completing your smile. This final stage is followed up with a series of check-ups to ensure the aesthetics and functionality of the tooth.
Once completed it is nearly impossible to tell the difference between the implant secured crown and your existing teeth.