Single tooth implant
Replacing an individual missing tooth at our Crouch End practice
A dental implant is now widely accepted to be the most effective method of providing a strong and stable replacement for a missing tooth. Once the full process is completed, and with appropriate aftercare, you are able to carry on with a normal life and eating a full range of foods exactly as you would with a natural tooth.
The implant process
Initially, an implant consultation is held, where we discuss the procedure and answer any questions you may have. An oral health check will also be carried out to make sure you are free from gum disease and fully suitable before the procedure commences. Once a decision has been made to have the procedure, a further appointment will be arranged.
Dental scans will be taken to ascertain the exact correct placement of the implant and a local anaesthetic is then given to completely numb the area of the procedure so that you don’t feel pain. Next, a hole drilled into the jawbone at the precise place indicated by the scan and the implant screwed into the correct position.
Once this has been done, the implant is allowed to bond with the bone. This usually takes around three months and is a key part of the procedure to ensure a stable and secure foundation. You will be asked to see our implant dentist from time to time during this period, to make sure everything is going as it should.
Abutment and crown
Once the implant has fully bonded with the bone, it provides an extremely strong foundation onto which the rest of the replacement tooth can be attached.
First of all, an abutment is attached to the implant. This is used to support the crown which is added next.
Your dental crown will have been made to match both the appearance and colour of your natural teeth so that it blends in well and looks entirely natural. The crown is attached to the dental implant via the abutment and once in place, your replacement tooth should be as strong, or even stronger, than your natural teeth!
You should ensure that you continue to clean around your dental implant to minimise the risk of gum disease as this can affect its longevity. Regular oral health checks should also be maintained at our Crouch End dental practice and we will offer comprehensive advice on the aftercare process when you visit us.
If you would like further information about dental implants, whether for an individual tooth or a number of teeth, please call 186 Park Road Dental Practice on 020 8340 7660.