If you have a missing tooth, then you are at greater risk of losing further teeth and potential facial distortion. The bone around the missing tooth begins to shrink and the adjacent teeth are more susceptible to disease and potential infection. As they are next to a gap they also have a lot more room to move which can cause future issues. The bone shrinkage can also cause your face to change shape if missing teeth are not replaced. A single dental tooth implant is one of the best single tooth replacement options available as it helps to prevent further tooth loss and facial distortion.
Single tooth replacement options
If you’ve lost a front tooth, there are various single tooth replacement options available. It can be replaced with a denture or dental bridge, but there are more advantages in opting for a single dental tooth implant in most cases. Firstly, it is the only reliable, permanent solution to tooth loss which prevents you losing further teeth. They look and function like normal teeth so have both practical and cosmetic benefits.
The single dental tooth implant treatment process
Another advantage of choosing an implant from your single tooth replacement options is that the adjacent teeth do not need to be adjusted like they sometimes are when traditional bridges are fitted. A single dental tooth implant is a titanium post which is fixed into your jawbone following a small surgical procedure. The bone fuses around the posts along with the body’s own tissues. It takes around one hour to fit a single tooth implant with most patients undergoing a mild intravenous sedative to ensure a relatively pain-free experience. We fit you with a temporary crown so you do not have to walk around with a gap in your smile. It takes around three months for implants to integrate into the jawbone, after which time we expose them to make sure the healing process is going smoothly and to take impressions from which the final crowns are made. Two weeks later the final crowns are fitted enabling you to smile, speak and eat with confidence.
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Dr Nigel Jones is one of the most experienced implant dentists in the UK. He places and restores 500 dental implants every year.
Dental Implants are the only reliable, permanent solution for replacing missing teeth.
Restore the clarity of your speech
The flow of air into your mouth affects your ability to speak, so any tooth loss or gaps in your smile can affect your pronunciation which can lower your confidence and self-esteem. Dental implants feel and work exactly like the missing teeth they replace therefore helping to improve your speech and pronunciation.
Eat what you like: nuts, apples, steak...
If you’ve suffered tooth loss or wear dentures, then it can affect your ability to chew properly and can alter your diet and nutrition as well as undermine your confidence. It may be difficult to eat certain hard foods such as apples, crusty bread and steak. Having dental implants is exactly like having your teeth back, meaning that you need not worry again about what types of food you eat.
Prevent bone loss and jaw bone shrinkage
When a tooth is lost the jawbone beneath it begins to shrink and can become brittle through lack of use. The deterioration of the jaw along with weaker cheek muscles will cause the shape of your face to change. Dental implants can help prevent bone loss and jawbone shrinkage. The longer the tooth is missing the more likely it is that you may need a bone graft to ensure there is enough jawbone for the dental implant to be fixed into.
As a leading Dental Implantologist, Dr Nigel Jones provides expert treatment and advice to patients. Dr Nigel Jones lectures at the FGDP Royal College of Surgeons, also CPD events and training seminars for referring dentists.