Single Tooth Replacement
SINGLE TOOTH MISSING
Benefits of an all-ceramic crown on implant:
When both the tooth and root are damaged, the best permanent replacement is a dental implant in conjunction with a ceramic crown. This solution both looks and functions just like a natural tooth.
In this case, a single tooth dental implant is placed. A temporary tooth can be placed while the implant is integrating to the bone.
This procedure will be performed by Dr. Bush under IV sedation and patients usually are able to return to normal activities the next day.
COURSE OF TREATMENT
INSTALLING THE NEW TOOTH – STEP-BY-STEP
The course of treatment described here is one of several options available. Consult your Periodontist to find out what the best solution is for you, given your specific condition.
1: Before the procedure
Our clinicians will evaluate and possibly take one or more x-ray of the area to prepare for the procedure.
2: Installing the implant
The implant is placed. At this time, a temporary tooth is provided that allows you to eat and function like normal almost immediately. The implant will need a few months to integrate with the jawbone before the next step is taken.
3: Attaching the new crown
The final step is the placement of the permanent crown. This is the final step of the procedure.
4: End result
You should expect the new tooth to fit and function just like a natural tooth. Perform your usual dental hygiene to keep the tooth and gum around it clean. Our hygienists will evaluate the implant as part of your maintenance visits when your teeth are cleaned.
ALTERNATIVES TO AN ALL-CERAMIC CROWN ON IMPLANT
Tooth-supported fixed bridge
A traditional bridge involves grinding down adjacent teeth to support the bridge. It is a stable solution with good esthetics and function that is fairly easy to install. However, this alternative has two main disadvantages: continuous bone resorption in the edentulous area (the area without a tooth), and removing the protective enamel of the healthy teeth in order to have a bridge placed. This bridge will have to be replaced several times throughout your lifetime.
Removable partial denture
This is not a permanent alternative to a lost tooth. It is unstable and loosely attached, which affects both function and comfort. A removable partial denture is made of plastic – a material that can't create the same esthetic result as a ceramic crown. The benefits are few but do exist. It is easily and quickly installed and relatively cheap. However the forces of the denture can affect the teeth adjacent to the space and cause them to loosen.