Single Tooth Implant Forest Hill & Dulwich
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If you are looking for a single-tooth implant, London Dental Arts Clinic in Forest Hill can help you in that as well. A single tooth implant is the best solution to fix a missing or broken tooth permanently. In this process, a titanium implant is inserted into the jawbone to function as the replacement tooth.
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Dental implants are small rod-like posts that act as a base for replacement teeth. They are placed into the jawbone and act like roots to support the tooth, denture, or bridge.
The dental implant screw fits into the bone and has a clip (abutment) that the tooth (dental crown) fits on. Titanium is the usual material that implants are made of; this is because Titanium has no ill effect on the human body and bonds readily with the new bone, which penetrates the titanium surface. The implants should last a lifetime if you look after them and maintain good oral hygiene.
In this process, the tooth is implanted at the same time as the tooth is extracted. It is often advantageous to immediately place the dental implant. The titanium fixture would be allowed to heal under the gum for about three months or longer, as the case may be. The healing process would take longer if grafting or tissue reconstruction were necessary. Once it heals, the crown can be fitted.
In some instances, it is possible to fit a replacement tooth to the titanium insert immediately. This loading of the implant is ‘immediate loading’ of the tooth.
The tooth replacement process is a lengthy one, wherein the tooth is first removed, and the socket is cleaned. This ensures that the residual socket is free from infection or debris to enable dental fixture placement.
The next step is to assess the bone integrity of the site to ascertain whether the implant can be undertaken at that time, either with or without additional tissue augmentation, or should the titanium fixture be placed after the socket heals.
Bone graft or gum graft may become necessary when other factors are affecting the outcome of the implant. If the outer aspect of the bone socket is fragile after extraction or if the size of the socket is larger than the size of the titanium insert, it could require bone grafting.
The residual gap is filled with bovine bone minerals. It is also used to thicken the bone. Gum graft is necessary in case of thin, transparent, or dark gums. A gum graft thickens the tissues and improves the resistance. Whatever be the requirement, they are usually addressed during a single visit to our Forest Hill dental practice. This is important in single-tooth implants because these treatments cannot be undone easily. It could necessitate the resurrection of the site to get the best results.
Immediate loading is done with the help of a suitable implant if sufficient stability is achieved during surgery. While attaching an immediate tooth, we have to consider the process of osseointegration, and the bonding of the titanium insert to the jawbone. It takes around 2 to 3 months for this process. The biting pressure should be ideally low during this period. The porcelain crown is attached to the titanium implant once it bonded with the bone.
If you need to replace a single tooth extracted earlier, the same procedure is followed. The dentist would take a call on the risk factors involved and determine whether grafting is required. An immediate crown can be fitted simultaneously with the new dental implant.
For more information on single dental implants offered by our Implantologist in Forest Hill and to find the best options for a smile makeover, book an appointment with a dentist at London Dental Arts Forest Hill. Call us on 020 3143 0080 or click here to book online.