SINGLE TOOTH REPLACEMENT
Benefits of an all-ceramic crown on a dental 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. Advantages are:
- Preservation of adjacent teeth
- Excellent aesthetic result
- Life long, stable solution
COURSE OF TREATMENT
INSTALLING THE NEW TOOTH
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.
ALTERNATIVES TO AN ALL-CERAMIC CROWN ON A DENTAL 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, and sacrificing healthy teeth on behalf of the bridge.
||Removable partial denture
This is not a permanently fixed alternative to a lost tooth - it is removable and should be taken out at night. It is unstable and loosely attached, which affects both function and comfort. A removable partial denture is usually made of plastic – a material that can't create the same esthetic result as a ceramic crown. The benefits are few but do exist: adjacent teeth aren't affected, it is easily and quickly installed and it is relatively cheap.
This alternative has some clear advantages: it is quickly installed, functions well and, since it is made of ceramic, it gives a high esthetic result. Moreover, natural healthy teeth aren't affected. But it is not very permanent. The resin-bonded bridge will eventually loosen and come off – probably after just a couple of years – and will then have to be reinstalled.