Why Choose a Single-Tooth Implant?

By Dr. Sinead Allis

While our teeth are built to last, the unfortunate fact of the matter is that they can and will suffer damage from time to time. Cracks, cavities and similar issues might cause a tooth to fall out or need to be removed.

The good news is that modern technology has led to a host of innovations and one of the most common comes in the form of a single-tooth implant. What are some interesting benefits associated with this method and what steps are involved during an implant procedure?

What Advantages Can You Expect from a Single-Tooth Implant?

The most obvious advantage is that an implant will look and feel like an existing tooth. The crown is moulded to match your nearby teeth so you will once again be able to exhibit a flawless smile. If cared for properly, modern dental implants can last for years at a time with few issues. While the aesthetics of such an orthodontic appliance cannot be denied, there are other benefits to note.

An implant will help to maintain the density of the bones within your jaw. This is great if you are at risk of losing other teeth in the future. The functional aspects of a single-tooth implant should also be mentioned. Unlike other alternatives such as a dental bridge, an implant will not negatively impact the integrity of nearby teeth. These implants are easier to clean than bridges and as a result, the chances of developing problems with your gums are dramatically reduced.

How Does a Typical Procedure Work?

Assuming that you have been approved for an implant, a base will first be permanently inserted into your jaw. This base is then given between two and six months to heal. You will be provided with a temporary crown (false tooth) during this window.

Assuming that the base has adhered to the jaw properly, a permanent crown is then inserted. If all goes properly, this implant will provide you with a seamless smile and you will be able to eat normal foods without any worries.

Single-tooth implants are just one of the many dental procedures currently available. Of course, you can also opt for multiple-tooth implants if numerous teeth are missing. Either way, you will be pleased with what is in store and such implants can last a lifetime.

The Implant Experts provide a range of individual treatments available to suit your needs. For more information, please call us.

Anthony Bendkowski (GDC No. 57249)

Anthony Bendkowski or ‘Ben’ to his team, is a specialist in oral surgery in practice limited to implant reconstructive surgery in London and the South East of England. He qualified from University College Hospital Dental School, London in 1982 and subsequently gained extensive experience in both hospital and practice-based oral surgery.

He has over twenty five years of experience in both the surgical and restorative management of implant cases. He has a keen interest in all aspects of dental education and has lectured on and run bone augmentation and implant training courses, as well as lecturing on business skills for successful implant practice for a number of years. He is a Past President of the Association of Dental Implantology (UK) and an examiner for the Edinburgh Diploma in Implant Dentistry as well as for Membership in Oral Surgery for the Royal College of Surgeons, England.

Clinically Ben undertakes all aspects of implant treatment, including Teeth in a Day/All on 4 surgery, aesthetic anterior tooth replacement, and complex cases involving extensive bone reconstruction.

In his spare time he is a keen pilot and can regularly be seen flying his vintage WW II aircraft in airshows. Ben also enjoys playing guitar badly with a local band, ‘Leaky Tap’.