Single Tooth Replacement

What is the process of having a replacement tooth implant?

Implants can be placed into the jaw bone directly and are the best option for tooth replacement. Traditionally, the implant is positioned once a tooth has been extracted and the socket has fully healed. The implant is then left to heal under the gum for a period of three to four months after which it is uncovered, a post attached and the final porcelain crown, carefully made as if it were a normal tooth, is added.

How long does a single tooth replacement take?

This approach, although effective, involves more time and therefore more appointments. In an ideal situation, a tooth can be removed and replaced with a single dental implant immediately. This is termed ‘immediate implants’. However, this is only possible when there is an absence of infection, the mouth is generally clean and there is sufficient bone around the tooth root itself. The advantage of an immediate replacement tooth implant is that it is possible in just one visit to remove the tooth, insert the dental implant and then attach the post and new tooth.

Will I qualify for immediate implants?

The decision whether to immediately place or delay insertion of an implant depends on a number of factors and no specific rules apply. Immediate implants have tremendous advantages but must not be used unless the ideal situation presents itself.

Single tooth replacement can be carried out as staged treatment or as immediate teeth with guided surgery.

Examples of single a tooth replacement procedure:

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Photo 1: Baby tooth. Note the uneven height of the gum.
Photo 2: Implant in position with post and temporary crown one day later.
Photo 3: Post emerging from gum prior to impressions for the final porcelain crown.
Photo 4: Final porcelain crown in place. Note how the porcelain emerges naturally from the gum.

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Image 1: X-ray of baby tooth prior to replacement.
Image 2: X-ray of the implant, post and final crown in place.