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SINGLE TOOTH MISSING

Benefits of an all-ceramic crown on implant:
When both the tooth and root are damaged, often the best  fixed replacement is a dental implant in conjunction with a ceramic crown. This solution both looks and functions much like a natural tooth.

In this case, a so-called two-piece implant is used. This means that the implant is installed initially, allowed to heal in the jaw for a few months, then an additional component referred to as an  abutment is placed on the healed implant.  A crown is then fabricated to fit on the abutment  resulting in a fully  functioning tooth.

  • Fully functioning tooth
  • Excellent esthetic result
  • Potentially 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.


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.  The implant will need a few months to integrate with the jawbone before the next step is taken.

   

3: Attaching the new crown

The implant is uncovered and abutment is placed on the implant. The final step is the placement of the permanent ceramic crown.  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 healthy.  


 
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 in some sitiuations sacrificing healthy tooth stucture on behalf of the bridge.
  Removable partial denture
This is not a fixed alternative to a lost tooth. It is a removable appliance 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 inexpensive. 
  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.

 


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