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.
- No damage to adjacent healthy teeth
- Excellent esthetic result
- Long lasting, stable solution
This procedure normally includes four or more visits. You should expect to be able to work the day after having the implant placed.
COURSE OF TREATMENT
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
An initial examination is done and a 3-D x-ray as well as other x-rays are taken of the area to prepare for the procedure.
|2: Placing the implant|
The implant is placed using a 3-D computer gennerated guided technique. The implant will need a few months to integrate with the jawbone before the next step is taken.
|3: Exposing the implant
The next step involves placing an abutment (metal post) to the implant that will allow the new tooth to attach. 2-3 weeks are needed for healing.
|4: Delivering the tooth|
You should expect the new tooth to feel and function just like a natural tooth. Follow a regular dental hygiene schedule to keep the implant clean and healthy.
ALTERNATIVES TO AN ALL-CERAMIC CROWN ON AN IMPLANT
||Tooth-supported fixed bridge|
A traditional bridge involves preparing (drilling) adjacent teeth to support the bridge. It is a stable solution with good esthetics and function. However, this alternative has two main disadvantages: continuous bone loss in the edentulous area, and drilling healthy teeth on behalf of the bridge.
||Removable partial denture (flipper) to replace the one missing tooth|
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: adjacent teeth aren't affected. It is easily and quickly installed and relatively cheap and it is non-damaging to other teeth so can be used temporarily with no harm
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.