VIDEO: Step-by-Step Guided Implant Placement Procedure

Every tooth is important when it comes to chewing and one’s facial aesthetics. The loss of even a single tooth can significantly affect one’s ability to chew and digest food as well as their facial aesthetics. 

Therefore, it is important to have one’s missing teeth replaced as soon as possible, even if it is a single tooth. But what is the best replacement option for single missing teeth? At South Coast Dentists, our best dentist in Nowra recommends an implant-supported crown to replace a single missing tooth for the best aesthetic and functional outcome.

What are Single Tooth Implants?

Dental implants can be used to replace any number of teeth. A single-tooth implant is one that replaces a single missing tooth. According to the Australian Dental Association, a single-tooth implant comprises three components: the implant itself, an abutment, and a crown. 

  • The Implant –  an implant serves as an artificial root for a missing tooth. It becomes anchored within the jawbone and provides support for the prosthesis attached to it for replacing missing teeth. 
  • The Abutment – an abutment is an intermediary component that connects the implant with the crown. 
  • The Prosthesis – the type of prosthesis depends on the number of teeth being replaced. For example, our implant dentist Nowra uses porcelain crowns to replace a single missing tooth with implants. We use tooth-coloured, aesthetically pleasing prostheses with implants so that they blend in with the natural teeth and become indistinguishable.

What are the Steps for Getting Single Tooth Implants?

The process of getting dental implants has become simplified over the years. The entire process can take around 4 – 6 months. 

  • Consultation and Treatment Planning – at your first appointment, our best dentist in Nowra NSW will thoroughly examine your teeth and gums, and identify the location of the missing tooth. Afterwards, based on your individual dental needs, they will prepare a treatment plan for replacing your missing tooth with an implant-supported crown. 
  • The Implant Procedure – the process of inserting an implant into the jawbone involves minor surgery. First, we will make you relaxed and pain-free by administering local anaesthesia. Then we will make an incision at the site where implant insertion is planned, and expose the underlying bone. Our Dental implant dentist in Nowra will then make a hole in the bone followed by carefully screwing in the implant within the bone. 

Once the implant is in place, we will place a healing collar over it to ensure unrestricted healing. While you wait for the healing to take place, which typically takes around 4 – 6 months,  we will place a temporary crown over the implant to restore your smile. However, this prosthesis is only for aesthetic purposes and should not be used for chewing. 

  • Implant Loading – once the implant site has healed optimally, we will remove the healing collar and the temporary prosthesis, and replace it with the permanent zirconia crown over it. 

That’s it. You’re now the owner of a beautiful and healthy smile! You can now eat all your favourite foods without restriction. 

Your Single-tooth dental implant Procedure

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Jawbone preparation

Implant placement

Abutment placement

Crown attachment

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If you have lost a tooth due to a sports injury, oral health complications or gum disease, a single tooth implant could be the appropriate solution for you.

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Single-tooth dental implants can be an ideal solution for people missing one or more teeth — assisting in improving chewing and make smile better. If you reckon you might require an implant, you’ll want to understand what to anticipate along the way.
Dental implants can be utilized to replace a missing tooth forever. Initially your dentist will surgically try to put implant in your jawbone. After it joining with bone, the implant works as new root A crown, is connected to the implant to replace the missing tooth. The ideal candidate for dental implant are those who have adequate powerful bone in jaw to assist implant, and should having better health of nearby teeth. Where there is not sufficient bone to hold it, extra bone can be included via bone grafting. It’s vital for the dentist to conduct in-depth medical history and exam. Some medical problems such as diabetes, liver disease or a severe bleeding disorder does not make any candidate ideal for dental implants.

A single-tooth dental implant inclusive of several parts:

  • The implant — Composed of titanium, shaped such as crew or post, putting into the jawbone.
  • The abutment — composed of titanium, gold or porcelain, connected to the implant. This part attaches the implant to the crown.
  • The crown — your crown will be composing to suit your other teeth and will be attached to the abutment.
The whole procedure of obtaining single-tooth implant can take months, but the ultimate outcome is valuable. If your dentist identifies that your jawbone isn’t strong adequate for the implant, the initial step will be bone grafting. Grafting includes getting bone from another source or using synthetic material, and appending it to your jaw to make it stronger. In this case, your jaw will require 4-12 months to heal before getting the implant.
Acquiring dental implant needs oral surgery, normally using local anesthesia. Your oral surgeon will cut your gum to expose the bone. Holes are drilled into the bone where the metal implant will be placed. Afterward, you even have a gap where your tooth is missing. Your dentist can fit temporary denture if required.
When the implant has appropriately joined with the bone, your dentist may need to put a healing cap. This assists the gum tissue heal properly, generally needs around two weeks. Subsequently, the cap is removed and the abutment is screwed onto the implant. You’ll obtain a temporary crown while the gums finish healing around the abutment.
Your dentist will create your crown, which will either be cemented or screwed to the abutment to permanently secure it in place. You can consider this new tooth similar any other in your mouth, with routine brushing and flossing to maintain healthy gums.

The cost of single-tooth implants varies depending on various factors. At South Coast Dentists, the average cost of a single tooth implant is $4500. It is better to ask our dentist in Nowra NSW for an estimate of your treatment costs before starting your treatment, as every individual has specific dental treatment needs.

Dental implants are extremely durable and can last a lifetime if looked after properly. However, dental crowns have a limited lifetime and may require repair or replacement after 5 – 10 years.

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