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Single Tooth Replacement

SINGLE TOOTH MISSING

Benefits of a full coverage crown on an implant:
When both the tooth and root are damaged, the best permanent replacement is a dental implant in conjunction with a full coverage crown. This solution both looks and functions just like a natural tooth.

In this case, an implant is used to replace the root of the missing tooth. In most cases, the implant will require some time to heal (typically 2-4 months) within the bone before a new crown can be attached.  We will make sure that a temporary tooth replacement has been made so that you do not have to go without teeth.  In our practice, we perform the surgical implant placement and any necessary bone or soft tissue grafting.  Your restorative dentist will then fabricate the new crown.  Once healed, we will then send a letter to your dentist advising him or her of the implant and soft tissue dimesions so that they can be fully prepared to proceed with the new restoration.  A prosthetic abutment will be required to support the crown and this will be included as part of your care at your regular dentist office.  A single dental implant will provide:

  • A single functioning tooth without harm to adjacent teeth
  • Excellent esthetic result
  • Life long, stable solution

Treatment:
This procedure normally includes four visits to the dentist. You should expect to be able to work the day after having the implant installed.

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COURSE OF TREATMENT

INSTALLING THE NEW TOOTH – STEP-BY-STEP

The course of treatment described here is one of several options available. Consult your dentist to find out what the best solution is for you, given your specific condition.

   
1: Before the procedure
The dentist makes a first 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 is provided that allows you 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 ceramic tooth. The new tooth is installed for life. No additional treatment is needed.  
4: End result
You should expect the new tooth to fit and function just like a natural tooth. Do your usual dental hygiene to keep the tooth and gum around it clean and 


 
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 resorbtion in the edentulous area, and sacrificing healthy teeth on behalf of the bridge.
  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: adjacent teeth aren't affected. It is easily and quickly installed and 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 come off – probably after just a couple of years – and will then have to be reinstalled.