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Single Tooth Implants

Understanding Single Tooth Implants

A single tooth implant consists of three components: a titanium post surgically implanted into the jawbone, an abutment attached to the implant post, and a custom-made crown that is fixed onto the abutment. This method is designed to replicate the look, feel, and function of a natural tooth.

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Benefits of Single Tooth Implants

1. Natural Appearance and Comfort

  • Single tooth implants are aesthetically pleasing and blend seamlessly with natural teeth. Their design ensures comfort and functionality similar to natural teeth.

2. Durability and Longevity

  • Implants are highly durable and can last a lifetime with proper care, making them a cost-effective solution in the long run.

3. Preservation of Jawbone and Adjacent Teeth

  • Implants stimulate bone growth, preventing jawbone deterioration. Unlike bridges, they don’t require altering adjacent teeth, preserving more of your natural tooth structure.

4. Improved Oral Health

  • Easy to clean and maintain, implants contribute to better oral hygiene. They prevent the shifting of adjacent teeth and reduce the risk of periodontal disease.

5. Enhanced Self-Esteem and Quality of Life

  • By restoring the full functionality of a missing tooth, implants improve speech, eating, and overall confidence.

Addressing Common Fears

Fear of Pain

  • Modern dental techniques ensure a relatively painless experience. Local anesthesia is used during the procedure, and post-operative discomfort is typically mild and manageable with prescribed medication.

Concerns About Surgical Risks

  • As with any surgery, there are risks, but they are minimal. Choosing a qualified and experienced dental professional can significantly reduce the risk of complications.

Worry About Implant Failure

  • Implant failure is rare, especially with proper planning and care. Maintaining good oral hygiene and regular dental check-ups can ensure the longevity of the implant.

Anxiety About Cost

  • Although the upfront cost is higher than other options, the long-term benefits and durability make it a cost-effective choice. Many dental insurance plans now offer coverage for implants.

Alternative treatments

1. Dental Bridges

  • Description: A dental bridge consists of a prosthetic tooth (pontic) held in place by crowns that are cemented onto the adjacent teeth.
  • Benefits: Bridges are less invasive than implants and don’t require surgery. They are aesthetically pleasing and functional.
  • Considerations: Requires alteration of adjacent teeth and may not last as long as implants. They also don’t prevent bone loss in the jaw.

2. Partial Dentures

  • Description: These are removable prostheses that replace one or several missing teeth.
  • Benefits: Less expensive and non-invasive. They are relatively easy to repair and adjust.
  • Considerations: May not be as stable or comfortable as implants or bridges. They require regular maintenance and can affect speech and eating.

3. Flipper Tooth (Temporary Denture)

  • Description: A flipper tooth is a temporary partial denture that replaces a single tooth.
  • Benefits: It’s a quick and inexpensive solution and can be used while waiting for a more permanent option.
  • Considerations: It’s less durable and less comfortable than other options. Not suitable for long-term use.

4. Resin-Bonded Bridge (Maryland Bridge)

  • Description: This type of bridge involves a prosthetic tooth with wings that are bonded to the back of adjacent teeth.
  • Benefits: Minimally invasive as it doesn’t require significant alteration of adjacent teeth.
  • Considerations: Not as durable as traditional bridges or implants. Suitable mostly for teeth that don’t endure heavy biting forces.

5. Tooth-Supported Fixed Bridge

  • Description: Similar to traditional bridges but relies on a greater number of supporting teeth.
  • Benefits: Offers good stability and aesthetic results.
  • Considerations: Requires the alteration of additional healthy teeth, which can be a significant drawback.

6. No Replacement

  • Description: Opting not to replace a missing tooth.
  • Benefits: There is no need for dental procedures or additional maintenance.
  • Considerations: Can lead to shifting of adjacent teeth, bite problems, and potential bone loss.

Each alternative comes with its own set of pros and cons, and the best choice depends on individual needs, oral health status, and financial considerations. It’s essential to consult with a dental professional to understand the most suitable options for your specific case.


Single tooth implants represent a significant advancement in dental technology, providing a long-lasting, aesthetically pleasing, and functional solution for missing teeth. While fears and concerns are natural, understanding the benefits and advancements in dental implant technology can help alleviate these worries. Always consult with a dental professional to determine if single tooth implants are the right choice for you.

Nicholas Watts
Nicholas Watts
Excellent care and friendly efficient service.
Angie Moule
Angie Moule
Fantastic service and all the staff are lovely would definitely recommend to others
Stephen Bak
Stephen Bak
After years of not being able to eat solid food, because of bad decay and alot of tooth discomfort, i decide to go and have a consultation on having implant retained dentures. How professional all the staff were, and after having my remaining teeth removed and 4 implants in the top and 2 in the bottom, i can now eat properly and i am pain free. The photo,s speak for themselves.. The best money i have ever spent. Highly recommend stella maris dental
Chris Guttridge
Chris Guttridge
I have been a loyal patient of Dr. Hannibal Nahmi for over three decades, and each visit to his dental practice has been nothing short of extraordinary. Dr. Nahmi is not just a dentist; he is a dental maestro, an artist in the realm of oral care who has consistently surpassed my expectations over the years. From the moment you step into Dr. Nahmi's office, you are greeted by a warm and friendly staff that makes you feel like family. The ambiance is inviting, with modern decor and state-of-the-art equipment, creating an atmosphere that eases any dental anxiety. Dr. Nahmi's commitment to excellence is evident in every aspect of his practice. His attention to detail and precision in every procedure is truly commendable. Whether it's a routine cleaning or a more complex dental intervention, Dr. Nahmi approaches each task with the utmost professionalism and skill. One of the standout qualities of Dr. Nahmi is his unwavering dedication to staying abreast of the latest advancements in dentistry. Throughout the years, I have witnessed his practice evolve with cutting-edge technology, ensuring that his patients receive the most advanced and effective treatments available. Beyond his technical expertise, Dr. Nahmi is a compassionate and empathetic healthcare provider. He takes the time to listen to his patients, addressing concerns with patience and understanding. This personalized approach sets him apart, creating a bond of trust that is rare to find in the world of healthcare. The staff at Dr. Nahmi's office deserves equal praise. From the efficient and friendly receptionists to the skilled dental hygienists, everyone works cohesively to provide a seamless and enjoyable experience for patients. In addition to his clinical prowess, Dr. Nahmi prioritizes patient education. He takes the time to explain procedures thoroughly, ensuring that his patients are well-informed and comfortable throughout their dental journey. This commitment to education empowers patients to take an active role in their oral health. After 30 years under the care of Dr. Hannibal Nahmi, I can confidently say that he is not just a dentist but a true healthcare partner. His passion for dentistry, combined with his genuine care for his patients, makes him a standout professional in his field. I wholeheartedly recommend Dr. Nahmi to anyone seeking top-notch dental care from a seasoned and compassionate practitioner. Here's to many more years of healthy smiles under the expert care of Dr. Hannibal Nahmi!
Ann Humphries
Ann Humphries
Can't praise th dentist enough with the reassuring manner and very informative and great follow up
Paul Sheward
Paul Sheward
Nice friendly staff, explained exactly what was going on
Robert Crump
Robert Crump
Very professional service. Lovely friendly staff. Would recommend.
jean lemba
jean lemba
For the few years I've been frequenting, Stella Maris Dental practice has been truly a breeze. I came across it via Smooth Radio about 3 years ago, and I really wished that I came accross it a little bit earlier because my dental health and experience have been thousand times enhanced with the help of highly professional nursing staff, outstanding hygienist and top-notch general dental practitioner Mr Namih. Excellent private dental practice family for anyone looking for a new one for the upcoming year with friendly faces, pain-free experience, best treatment options guidance, and other meaningful help depending on everyone's needs. Wonderful festive season to everyone at Stella Maris Dental and many thanks.
Jennifer Howe
Jennifer Howe
I came to this practice with a lot of problems with my teeth, caused by other dentists, as well as my not knowing how to take care of my teeth properly. Mr Nami has corrected every problem that needed to be addressed, with no pain and good diligence, while educating me and reminding me, on every visit, of the best way to take care of my teeth. I now have no further problems, as I follow his instructions and guidance and am satisfied with my 6 monthly hygiene and dental checks. It was a bit pricey at first to get everything back into shape, but assistance was available to help manage the finance more easily. I was always given a choice for the best treatment and found the practice manager Alison friendly and helpful. All the members of staff, I’ve been associated with in this small practice are very pleasant, which helps to make attending the dentist a breeze. If you’re looking for a good private dentist, I don’t think you could do any better than this one. Thank you team and have a wonderful Christmas and New year.
David Jones
David Jones
An extremely professional service, very friendly and helpful, would have no hesitation in recommending this practice

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