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.
This procedure normally includes four visits to the periodontist. In some cases 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 periodontist to find out what the best solution is for you, given your specific condition.
| || |
|1: Before the procedure|
The periodontist first evaluates the area and takes any necessary x-rays of the area to prepare for the procedure.
|2: Installing the implant|
The implant is installed. In some cases a temporary tooth is provided that allows you eat and function while you are healing. 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 resorption 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 few years – and will then have to be reinstalled.