Single tooth implants can be
carried out on both front and back
teeth. Mini implants can be used
although some dentists prefer the
normal, full sized ones.
The procedure is as normal: the
dentist will make a tiny incision in
your gum in order to access your
jawbone. He or she will then drill a
small hole in this bone before
inserting the implant. The implant
will look like a small metal rod and
is either cylinder or screw shaped.
This is inserted into the jaw.
The incision is closed and given
time to heal. This is usually a
period of 3 to 6 months. During that
time the implant will fuse with the
jawbone in a process called
osseointegration. A temporary tooth
or crown will be fitted during that
time, purely for cosmetic reasons.
Once this has happened, a second
procedure will be carried out. The
dentist will open up the original
wound before fixing a small
attachment or abutment to the
implant. This will enable him/her to
fasten an artificial tooth or
restoration to the abutment.
This is usually done in two
stages although there is the option
of having this done all in one go,
known as 'immediate loading'.
2. Few or Several Teeth
This section is aimed at those
patients who are missing a few or
several teeth. The technical term
for this is 'partially edentulous'.
If you have lost a few teeth, either
as a result of an accident or an
injury then you are basically
looking at a crown and bridge
If, however, you are missing
quite a few teeth then you could be
looking at extensive dental work.
This type of treatment will involve
implants but will also include
bone/sinus grafts and quite possibly
some major reconstructive work.
Are you missing just a
If so then there are several
different ways of performing this
treatment although they all involve
attaching crowns or a bridge onto an
implant. These can be cemented or
screwed onto the implants.
Crowns and bridges are
constructed from a variety of
materials such as ceramic, porcelain
or a combination of metal and
The traditional crown and bridge
system was a short term answer to
the problem of missing teeth but
required the dentist to file down a
couple of healthy teeth to act as
'posts' to support the bridge.
Another issue is that of bone
loss. The traditional crown and
bridge system does not prevent bone
loss. Bone loss tends to happen when
a tooth or teeth are lost and are
not replaced. The jawbone becomes
thinner and less dense and results
in a sunken cheeked appearance.
The only way to prevent this is
to combine the crown and bridge
system with dental implants. The
implants stimulate the bone cells
within the jaw and stop any bone
This procedure can be performed
as part or all of the following:
Implant crown and bridge
Replacement of a failed
Total dental care
Implant crown and bridge
This procedure involves several
stages which start with the initial
diagnosis, x-ray and wax impression
of the patient's jaw. Once this has
been completed then the next stage
is that of the insertion of the
Once sufficient time has elapsed
for osseointegration then the final
stage is that of the restorations.
The patient will have had temporary
restorations during this time, but
once the implants have completely
fused then they are ready for the
A bridge is required to span the
gap left by the missing teeth along
with laboratory constructed crowns.
This is an extensive procedure,
designed to treat problems with
teeth in the upper jaw or maxilla.
If you have missing maxillary teeth,
for whatever the reason then this
procedure is an option.
This procedure is carried out on
those patients who have been
diagnosed with a tumour or have a
maxilla related injury such
The procedure involves implants,
a cast and restorations.
The same rules apply as above.
The patient can be looking at the
insertion of several implants, bone
augmentation (possible) and/or sinus
lift, and temporary restorations
before the placement of the final
It can involve either the upper
or lower jaw, or both.
Replacement of Failing
A blade implant or plate form
implant is a type of endosteal
implant (implanted into the bone)
which is less commonly used than the
root form implant. It consists of a
flat piece of metal (blade) with two
prongs on one side of this metal. It
is inserted into the jaw in such a
way to support a bridge or crowns.
These along with other types of
implants enjoy a high degree of
success, usually around the 95%
mark. But, failure can happen in a
tiny minority of cases. This is
usually due to a failure to fuse or
'osseointegrate' with the bone,
inflammation (peri-implantitis) or
fracture. Sometimes, implants can
move around or shift out of
Whatever the reason an implant
which is said to have 'failed',
needs to be removed and replaced
with a new one.
In this scenario, the failing
blade implant will be removed and
replaced by root form implants as
part of a two stage process. The
first stage will involve the removal
of the defective implant and the
second stage will be the placement
of the new teeth or restorations.