Single Tooth Relacement
What is a single tooth replacement?
When you have a single missing tooth with a damaged root, the best permanent replacement is the placement of one dental implant in conjunction with a ceramic crown. In this case, a one-piece implant is used.
What are the pre-treatment tests involved?
Before the procedure, the dentist makes an examination of your teeth and takes one or more X-rays of the area to prepare for the procedure.
How is a single tooth replacement performed?
This procedure normally includes four visits to the dentist.
Initial examination and pre-treatment testing
Installing the implant: The implant is installed. A temporary tooth is provided that allows you to eat and function normally almost immediately. The implant will need a few months to integrate with the jawbone before the next step is taken.
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
End result: You should expect the new tooth to fit and function just like a natural tooth.
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.
How do I care for my single tooth implant?
Do your usual dental hygiene to keep the tooth and gum around it clean. You should expect to be able to work the day after having the implant installed.
What are the benefits of an all-ceramic crown on implant?
An all-ceramic crown on implant both looks and functions just like a natural tooth. The benefit of this implant is that all the components are installed as a single unit, resulting in
- Shorter treatment time
- Minimised pain
- Immediately functioning teeth
- Excellent aesthetic result
- Life long, stable solution
What alternative treatments to an all-ceramic crown on implant are available?
One of the below alternative treatments to an all-ceramic crown on implant may be suggested by your doctor.
Tooth-supported fixed bridge
A traditional bridge involves grinding down adjacent teeth to support the bridge. It is a stable solution with good aesthetics 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
A removable partial denture is made of plastic – a material that can’t create the same aesthetic 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. However, this is not a permanent alternative to a lost tooth. It is unstable and loosely attached, which affects both function and comfort.
This alternative has some clear advantages: It is quickly installed, functions well and, since it is made of ceramic, it gives a high aesthetic result. Moreover, natural healthy teeth aren’t affected. However, 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.