Single Tooth Replacement
Single Tooth Replacement
Single tooth replacement options
Among the many different corrective measures available to replace a missing tooth, implants are seeing a high success rate. Dental implants are simple, effective and long lasting. How do they compare with other options?
The options available to replace a missing tooth include a dental bridge, a partial denture or a dental implant. Since all three of these methods have been used for some years now, we can make a fair comparison between the benefits and the disadvantages of each.
What are your options for single tooth replacement?
Dental bridge for single teeth
In case of a bridge, the artificial tooth is fixed to the adjacent teeth with something called a crown. This procedure will need your dentist to drill a little into the adjacent teeth on either side of the gap. Putting in a bridge results in two or three teeth being stuck together.
A partial denture
A denture is a removable device that is made of acrylic. Full dentures replace all your teeth at once and partial dentures replace a limited number of teeth, depending on how many you need replaced. The disadvantage of dentures is that they can be uncomfortable to wear, and they can even move while speaking or eating, causing unnecessary embarrassment to the wearer.
Single dental implant
Single tooth implants avoid the disadvantages of the first two methods, making it a more popular choice among the single tooth replacement options.
For a single tooth implant, a titanium screw is fixed in the jaw bone to act as the ‘root’ of the artificial tooth. A replacement tooth is fixed on top of this. This procedure does not depend on the neighbouring teeth and so it doesn’t compromise the structural integrity of any other tooth. Much like a natural tooth, a single dental implant is quite self-sufficient. With this procedure, since the crown is firmly anchored to the implant, it will not move.
Step by Step Procedure
Once you consult with your dentist, he or she will take an x-ray to have a clearer picture of your existing teeth and jaw. If any tooth is still present, this may need to be removed before moving on to implanting the titanium screw.
2. Inserting the implant
The single tooth implant procedure is quite straightforward and generally short in duration. You will be given local anaesthetic so you won’t experience any pain during the procedure. In some cases, there may be some light post-operative swelling and discomfort.
3. Placing the crown
The next step is to place the artificial tooth on top. Depending on the case, it could be a temporary or permanent artificial tooth. This is also a simple procedure and you are unlikely to experience any discomfort. In some cases, this can be done at the time the implant is inserted, although some people may need a few weeks in between if there are bone grafts required.
4. A full set of teeth
Once the permanent crown is fitted in, you can use all your teeth as you normally would. The implant and replacement tooth will behave just as your natural teeth do. Don’t forget to continue with an effective dental hygiene routine to keep your implants and gums healthy.
How much does a single tooth implant cost?
In New Zealand, for a single tooth replacement, costs (including the implant and crown) are typically between NZ$5000 to NZ$6000. This could increase if your case is more complex and you need additional procedures to be carried out.
While considering the cost of tooth implants, you should keep in mind that it can last for years and so you should look at it as a long term investment. It overcomes the disadvantages of dentures and other corrective dental procedures. Dental implants are firmly anchored down and behave much like your natural teeth.
What does the recovery from single tooth implants involve?
There is likely to be little or no swelling, even after the procedure for most patients. If there is light swelling, it tends to subside in a day or two. For any discomfort, you will be prescribed oral painkillers.
You will be informed when you need to come in for check-ups. New teeth need to be examined regularly. Keep your oral hygiene up to a high standard with regular visits to a dental hygienist. With the right care, dental implants can last for decades.
Begin the process
It is important to get your implants from an experienced dentist and someone you can trust. At Dental Artistry, we have the country’s top dental surgeons available to you. Dr. Sheng Zhang and Dr. Mark Worthington are well regarded dental implant experts in both New Zealand and Australia.
All the procedures from the preliminary examination to the recovery stage can be completed right here at Dental Artistry. There’s no hassle of driving from one centre to another for different treatments. Our world-class facilities mean you have the best of technology to ensure the process is as smooth and successful as possible.
If you need a single tooth replacement, call us on 095244541. We can talk about what’s involved, and if a dental implant is the best option for you. Let’s get started towards a beautiful, gap-free smile.