If you are missing a single tooth, a dental implant may be the most effective, conservative replacement option. In the past, dentists would replace a single missing tooth with a crown-and-bridge prosthetic. Unlike the traditional bridge that attaches to crowns on natural teeth, a single dental implant is anchored to the jawbone like a natural tooth and offers stability and longevity beyond compare.
What Is a Single Implant?
A single dental implant is a small, titanium post implanted into the jawbone, into the socket where a natural tooth is missing. An abutment piece and an aesthetic dental crown top the post to create the full implant structure.
What are the Benefits?
A single dental implant offers excellent stability and is the most accurate replication of a natural, healthy tooth. Because the titanium post replaces a tooth root and the dental crown replaces a tooth’s natural crown, the prosthetic is independent and self-sufficient.
Consider these additional benefits of a single implant:
- The post acts as your tooth’s root, and alerts your body to continue sending nutrients to the area of the jaw that was formerly missing a tooth. In this way, implants prevent jawbone deterioration, a type of osteoporosis.
- You will be able to eat the foods you enjoyed when you had natural teeth, so implants may improve your ability to consume a health diet, in turn, boost your overall health.
- A dental implant replaces your entire tooth, acting as a placeholder that prevents remaining teeth from shifting out of place. This reduces the potential for bite misalignment and associated problems, including bruxism.
- Replacing a missing tooth positively impacts appearance and the ability to speak articulately, so you can enjoy renewed self-confidence and finally smile again!
How Much Does a Single Tooth Implant Cost?
While implants may require a greater initial investment than other prosthetics, they offer long-lasting results, minimal care requirements, and improved quality of life when compared to other treatments and in any case, the health benefits far outweigh any monetary cost.
Dental implants are also available as an NHS treatment whenever clinically necessary. We strongly recommend that you call our clinic or book an appointment online to discuss your options with Dr. Murray-Curtis.
Is a Single Implant Right For Me?
If you are missing a tooth and have good oral health, you might be a perfect dental implant candidate. Dr. Murray-Curtis will thoroughly examine your mouth, gums, and jawbone to determine whether you are healthy enough for an implant, and whether an implant is the best treatment option for you. When a tooth has been missing for some time, the bone around the empty socket may naturally degenerate and soften. In this situation, a bone graft by Dr. Murray-Curtis can re-establish the solid foundation required for a successful, long-lasting dental implant. If gum disease is present, you may need to undergo periodontal treatment to re-establish optimal gingival health prior to implant surgery.