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 comparable to a natural tooth.
What to expect:
The procedure normally includes at least three visits to the dentist. You should expect to be able to work the day after having the implant placed. At Dentures Plus our price of $1 995 includes placement of your implant, abutment and crown restoration.
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 placed. 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. No additional treatment is needed.
4: End result
You should expect the new tooth to fit and function similar to a natural tooth. Perform your usual dental hygiene to keep the tooth and gum around it clean. We recommend Oral-B Super Floss to clean around an implant.
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 (the area without a tooth), and removing the protective enamel of the healthy neighboring teeth in order to have a bridge placed. A bridge may need to be replaced as it wears with time and this may require additional adjustment of your natural teeth.
Removable partial denture
This is not a permanent alternative to a lost tooth. Stability varies between individuals, which affects both function and comfort. There are benefits to a partial denture. It is easily and quickly installed and relatively less expensive. However the forces of the denture can affect the teeth adjacent to the space and cause them to loosen.
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 need to be reinstalled.