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    Maroubra Clinic

    Maroubra Dental Clinic

    Office 1, 822 Anzac Parade
    Maroubra, NSW, 2035

    Parramatta Clinic

    Parramatta Dental Clinic

    The Hall, 356 Church Street
    (Corner of Church and Palmer St)
    Parramatta, NSW, 2150

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    • Mon to Thurs - 8am – 6pm
    • Fri 8am – 5pm
    • Sat 8am – 2pm
    • Sunday Closed

Single Implant

Single implants are an excellent long-term solution for a missing tooth. When considering an implant there are a few things you should discuss with your dentist who will be able to accurately advise whether you are a suitable candidate for such a procedure. If the mouth is healthy and the bone in the jaw and gums around the implant site are in good condition this would suggest long term stability for an implant to thrive.

By replacing a single tooth with a dental implant rather than a conventional bridge, the neighbouring teeth are preserved, and you have invested in a more long-term solution for your smile.
The other common treatment for the loss of a single tooth is a tooth-supported fixed bridge but this requires that the neighbouring teeth be filed down to support the bridge. Whilst this is a practical solution for some, for others a single dental implant is more appropriate as it will replace the tooth root and not affect the adjacent teeth.

As a long-term solution, a single implant can be easier than a bridge to maintain. Gums around a bridge can recede which may lead to a visual defect if the base of the bridge becomes visible. In addition, implants avoid the possibility of bacteria that can build up around the bridge after it is set. A singular dental implant, whilst more expensive than a dental bridge is a long-term solution which avoids the potential risks that having a bridge can lead to.

First, the implant, which looks like a screw or cylinder, is placed into your jaw via a small incision made under local anaesthetic. Over the next three to six months, the implant, and the bone around it are allowed to fuse together to form an anchor upon which the artificial tooth will be screwed. If needed, a temporary tooth replacement option can be worn over the implant site.

Finally, a replacement tooth called a crown will be created for you by your dentist and attached to a small metal post, called an abutment. This replacement tooth will be perfectly sized, and colour matched to suit your teeth and the shape of your smile. This is a long-term solution for your smile with implants lasting longer than bridges and not being as prone to bacteria build up which can lead to decay.

To find out whether a single implant might be an option for you, book an appointment with one of our expert dentists in Maroubra to discuss a treatment plan.

Single Implant Faqs

They require the same care as your natural teeth with daily brushing and flossing, regular dental check-ups, and professional cleanings. Although implant teeth do not decay, the gum and area around them can become inflamed. Proper dental hygiene is of paramount importance.

Most people find dental implant surgery pain easy to manage. If there is any post-operative discomfort the symptoms can be managed with over the counter anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen or over the counter pain-relievers. Ice on the jaw can also be helpful.

Dental implants can replace a single tooth, multiple teeth or all your teeth with implants. You do not even need one implant for every missing tooth. As few as two implants can support a removable lower denture, while as few as four implants can provide a full, permanent set of top or bottom teeth.

Dental implants offer key advantages compared to other treatments for missing teeth. Unlike removable dentures, you do not have to take implants in and out of your mouth at any time. Since dental implants act as normal teeth and are fixed you can eat better without any concern about things moving around, popping out, or feeling unnatural. Dental implants can be for a single missing tooth or multiple teeth or all your teeth.

Aside from the aesthetic value of implants, when you lose a tooth, the surrounding teeth naturally start to migrate into that space. This affects your bite and can lead to complications such as headaches or jaw pain. Dental implants stop crowding and atrophy from happening.

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