If you are missing a single tooth, then a dental implant could be the procedure for you. Fitting a single dental implant is a quick, simple and painless way to replace a single tooth. It may well be the perfect option if you know you are about to lose one or more teeth or you have a failed crown.
They could also be a good solution if you have a cracked or broken tooth, have a failed root filling, or have a wobbly or loose tooth. A badly decayed tooth could also benefit from a single dental implant.
What does the procedure involve?
Modern dental implants are made from titanium, a material that has been shown over many years to be well accepted by bone tissue. There are many clinical studies spanning decades proving the success of dental implants in replacing missing teeth.
The first stage of dental implant treatment is to ensure the socket is drilled at the precise location of the intended tooth. This is where the skill and experience of the implant surgeon is shown. Dentists such as Elmsleigh House Dental Clinic in Farnham, have shown their expertise with many years of successful single implant procedures.
The next stage is the placement of the dental implant. An implant is essentially a cylinder of titanium that is carefully placed into the socket. The main aim during placement of any dental implant is to achieve immediate contact with the surrounding area of bone. This creates stability, which over time is enhanced by further growth of bone onto the implant surface.
Once the bone has integrated to the implant, a post is then fitted to the implant, on top of which a crown is cemented in place. Once the post and crown are in place, the implant will begin to feel natural. Nobody would recognise that it is not your own tooth. With the correct care and diligent oral hygiene, your implant could last a life time.
Will it hurt afterwards?
Pain should not be a big problem. You may be sore for a few days, but this can be easily managed with pain killers.