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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

Treatment:
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
  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.