Single Tooth Replacement

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 esthetic result
  • Life long, stable solution


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
The dentist performs an initial examination and takes one or more x-rays of the area to prepare for the procedure.
2: Installing the implant
The implant is installed. At this time, a temporary tooth may be provided that allows you eat and function 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 ceramic tooth. The new tooth is cemented in place. No additional treatment is needed.  
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 and continue with regular dental check-ups 


 
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. 
  Resin-bonded bridge
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.