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Dental Implant Single Tooth

At Supreme Dental Concepts, we have long-standing expertise in providing single dental implants to restore your smile and improve dental health. Our Wellington clinic uses the latest technology to ensure precise and comfortable treatments tailored to your needs.

Introduction to Dental Implants

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A single dental implant is a titanium post surgically placed into the jawbone to serve as a sturdy foundation for a replacement tooth. This process mimics the root of a natural tooth, ensuring stability and durability. Over time, the implant fuses with the jawbone through osseointegration, providing a secure base for a dental crown that matches your natural teeth in colour and shape. This procedure enhances the aesthetic appeal of your smile and restores functionality, allowing you to eat, speak, and maintain oral hygiene with ease

Single Tooth Dental Implant

Single Implant

A single dental implant consists of three main components: the implant, the abutment, and the crown. The implant itself is typically made of titanium, a biocompatible material that encourages osseointegration, the process by which the bone fuses with the implant. This titanium post is surgically inserted into the jawbone, where it acts as an artificial tooth root, providing a stable and durable foundation for the replacement tooth. The design and surface treatment of the implant are crucial for successful osseointegration, with various textures and coatings enhancing the bone-implant interface and promoting quicker and stronger integration.


Once the implant has fully integrated with the jawbone, the abutment is attached to the implant. The abutment is a connector, usually made of titanium, zirconia, or a combination of both, that protrudes above the gum line and serves as the base for the dental crown. The crown, typically made from porcelain or ceramic, is custom-designed to match the color, shape, and size of the natural teeth, ensuring a seamless appearance. Depending on the clinical situation and the patient's preference, the crown can be attached to the abutment either through cementation or by using a screw-retained method. Cement-retained crowns provide a more natural appearance as there are no visible screws, but they can be more challenging to remove if adjustments are needed. Screw-retained crowns, on the other hand, allow for easier removal and adjustment but may require a small access hole that can be covered with composite material for aesthetic purposes. Both methods offer secure and durable solutions, restoring the patient's ability to chew, speak, and smile confidently.


Benefits of Single Dental Implants

  • Natural Appearance: Implants look and feel like your own teeth.
  • Comfort: They eliminate the discomfort of removable dentures.
  • Improved Oral Health: Implants allow for easier cleaning and better oral hygiene.
  • Durability: With proper care, implants can last a lifetime.

The Process and Timelines

The placement and restoration of a single dental implant involve several steps, each with specific timelines:

1. Initial Consultation

During this visit, the dentist evaluates your oral health, takes X-rays, and discusses the treatment plan. This appointment sets the foundation for a successful implant.

2. Implant Placement

The implant placement is a minor surgical procedure where a titanium post is inserted into the jawbone. This procedure usually takes about 1-2 hours. After placement, a healing period of 3-6 months is necessary to allow the implant to integrate with the bone (osseointegration).

3. Abutment Placement

Once the implant has fully integrated, a small connector called an abutment is attached to the implant. This procedure is relatively quick and often involves a minor surgical step to expose the implant if it's covered by gum tissue.

4. Crown Placement

After the gums have healed around the abutment, a custom-made crown (artificial tooth) is attached to the abutment. This crown is designed to match the color, shape, and size of your natural teeth. The crown placement marks the completion of the implant process.

If a single dental implant is not placed to fix a missing tooth, there are several other options available:


  • Dental Bridge:
    • Involves creating a bridge with crowns on adjacent teeth to support an artificial tooth in between.
    • Requires adjacent healthy teeth to be filed down to serve as anchors.
    • Offers a stable and fixed solution but can affect the structure of the supporting teeth.
  • Removable Partial Denture:
    • A removable appliance that fills the gap left by the missing tooth.
    • Less invasive and generally more affordable than implants or bridges.
    • Can be uncomfortable and less stable, often requiring adjustments.
  • Resin-Bonded Bridge (Maryland Bridge):
    • Uses a metal or porcelain framework bonded to the back of adjacent teeth.
    • Less invasive as it doesn't require significant alteration of neighboring teeth.
    • Typically used for front teeth where the bite pressure is lower.
  • Orthodontic Treatment:
    • In some cases, braces or other orthodontic devices can be used to close the gap left by a missing tooth.
    • This option is more suitable for minor gaps and when overall dental alignment needs improvement.
  • Leaving the Gap:
    • Opting to leave the gap may be an option if the missing tooth does not affect function or aesthetics significantly.
    • However, it can lead to shifting of remaining teeth, changes in bite, and potential jawbone loss over time.

Each of these options has its own set of advantages and disadvantages. The best choice depends on individual circumstances, including the location of the missing tooth, overall oral health, budget, and personal preferences. It's important to consult with a dentist to determine the most suitable option for your specific needs.

Supreme Dental Concepts DSD (Digital Smile Design) Approach


Supreme Dental Concepts is the only certified Digital Smile Design Clinic in Wellington. This certification attests to our strict protocols, ensuring the best possible implant outcomes from initial discussion to the final process. We firmly believe that the dentist is responsible for guiding you through the smile design process and maintaining quality control throughout. This makes us the ultimate authority on the topic.


  • Initially consult with you
  • Design your implant outcome taking into consideration all your other teeth
  • Discuss this with you so we are on the same page
  • We then design the surgical protocols for you before you have the implant placed
  • We then arrange for the implant placement which could be with us or the oral surgeon
  • We design natural outcomes so you can go out with confidence
  • We ensure the exact outcome that we discussed before your implant journey starts
  • We Listen, Care, Explain and most of all execute the final desired outcome

Materials Used in Single Dental Implants

Several materials are used in the creation of a single dental implant:

1. Titanium

The implant post is typically made from titanium, a biocompatible material that is well-accepted by the body and integrates effectively with the jawbone.

2. Zirconia

In some cases, zirconia implants are used as an alternative to titanium. Zirconia is a strong ceramic material that offers aesthetic benefits, especially for patients with metal allergies or concerns about metal visibility.

3. Porcelain or Ceramic

The crown, or the visible part of the implant, is often made from porcelain or ceramic. These materials are chosen for their durability and ability to mimic the appearance of natural teeth.

Why Choose Supreme Dental Concepts for Your Single Dental Implant in Wellington?

  • Experienced Team: Our dentists have years of experience in implant dentistry.
  • Advanced Technology: We use the latest equipment for precise treatments.
  • Personalized Care: Each treatment plan is customized to your unique dental needs.
  • Certified Digital Smile Design Clinic: We are the only certified Digital Smile Design Clinic in Wellington, ensuring the best possible outcomes.

Dental Implant - Single FAQ

A single implant can cost from $3,500.00 to $6,500.00 (NZD)
From start to finish a single implant will take about4 months to complete
No! There are a multitude of implant companies making implants. They all vary in quality and longevity. You must stay with the main implant companies so that you know in the long term, if anything does go wrong, it can be put right.
The variation in costs is due to the different types of implants and the quality of the implant. A good implant would have years of research behind it manufacturing and ongoing studies.
Dental implants can last a lifetime but it is important that, like your teeth, you look after them long-term.
Yes. You must see a dental hygienist every 6 months and a dentist every 12-18 months to ensure no issues with your implants. Implants can still develop tartar buildup around them, and this, in turn, causes bone loss. The bone loss, in turn, will cause you to lose your implant or implants.
The dental implant journey begins by making a consult appointment with your dentist, who will discuss your dental needs and if an implant is a suitable option for you. Once this has been done then a dentist will supervise and arrange the process for you so that it is seamless.

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