Single Tooth

If you have a missing tooth, particularly at the front of your mouth, you can be left embarrassed to smile or laugh in public and can end up covering your mouth with your hands. Many people don’t realise that a missing tooth can cause more than just aesthetic problems.


A missing tooth can cause difficulties biting foods such as celery or apples. The teeth adjacent to a gap can also drift into the space left, causing a crooked appearance, while the jaw bone beneath the gap will also start to recede. Surrounding teeth will become more prone to conditions such as gum disease or decay.

Dental implants are an increasingly popular solution for a missing tooth. At Castle Hill, all implant work is carried out by Dr Sharma, who has trained under one of the world’s leading experts in implantology, Professor Hilt Tatum, at the renowned Tatum Institute. All implant work is carried out in-house using local anaesthetic or sedation.

For a single-tooth implant, a titanium screw or post is placed in the gap and, after healing, a crown, fixed bridge or removable denture is fitted over the top. Under local anaesthetic or sedation, Dr Sharma first makes a hole in the jaw then places the post, with a stitch in gum to aid healing. The full healing process takes a few months, during which time the bone fuses with the post to give excellent stability. After healing is complete, a crown or denture may be placed on top or a fixed dental bridge can be added, with the added support of surrounding teeth.

Dental implants are suitable for many patients. At Castle Hill we offer implant consultations, which give you a chance to discuss whether this treatment will work for you. To book your consultation, contact the practice team today.

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