Tooth implant – Single missing tooth

Dental implant are most commonly used and is the best to date, to replace a single missing tooth, either just one missing tooth or multiple missing teeth but missing singly in different sites around the mouth.

Single Missing Tooth

Options of replacing a single missing tooth:

1. Removable denture

– removable, can give good result, is unnatural
– may damage adjacent teeth with time due to the clip or clasp on the teeth
– subject to breakage if drop on hard surface
– more difficult to talk with due to thickness of denture base

2. Fibre Reinforced Composite Bridge

– Fibre reinforced composite bridge is a good long term provisional fix bridge, can give a natural looking result.
– No damage to adjacent teeth
– Can be done same day of tooth extraction
– Only last for about 5 years

3. Fix Bridge

Often give beautiful final result

The conventional fixed bridge  requires that your dentist drills down two adjacent teeth to create space for the crowns of the bridging teeth. Placing a bridge on natural teeth increases the functional forces that are placed upon them and makes the use of floss between the teeth more difficult.

Conventional bridges may need to be replaced if the supporting teeth develop decay or periodontal disease. In a certain percentage of instances while preparing the adjacent teeth for crowns (i.e. drilling down a tooth), the preparatory procedure will cause the nerve of the tooth to die and require root canal treatment to eliminate infection of the nerve. This can lead to a shortening of the lifespan of the supporting tooth, eventually leading to further extractions.

This is a good option if the adjacent teeth to the missing tooth already has filling(s) or restoration(s).  It is not a good option if adjacent teeth are virgin teeth.

4. Implant Crown

Avoiding the need to cut down the adjacent teeth and it also replaces the bone support that has been lost with the missing tooth. This allows normal flossing, as if the replacement implant was still a natural tooth.

After initial assessment, by checking jaw bone available with a Cone Beam CT scan,  implant is placed in the jaw bone.

The implant is often then be waited for 3 months to fully heal or integrate into the jaw bone. An impression is made, a crown is fabricated and then fixed in place using cement or screws.  At times, we can immediately load the implant, this depends on the jaw bone and design of the actual implant, that mean we may be able to place the implant crown immediately after implant placement.

An implant crown is not susceptible to cavities (being made of titanium) but, like any natural tooth, it still can develop complications such as Gum disease if oral hygiene is not well maintained. The implant restoration should be routinely evaluated at timely intervals that are determined by the conditions of the remaining natural teeth and the implant, often by every 6 monthly check ups and clean.

We are providing Single Missing Tooth treatments for patients from Kempsey and surrounding areas including South West Rocks, Port Macquarie, Wauchope and Macksville…


Below are examples of the life changing results that we has achieved with some of our patients

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If you are interested in any of these treatments, then call us now on 6563 1313 or email us to get started on a procedure that will replace your single missing tooth and bring back that smile.


Dr Nathan Le offer this same service at Best Western Dental Centre in Sydney.


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