Single Tooth Replacement

Complete Your Smile With a Tooth Implant

Single Tooth ImplantWhen 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. In this case, a so-called one-piece implant is used. This means that all components are installed as a single unit, resulting in immediately full-functioning teeth, shorter treatment time and minimized pain.

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.

1. The dentist makes a first examination and takes one or more x-rays of the area to prepare for the procedure.
Single Tooth Implant Step 1

2. The implant is installed. At this time, a temporary tooth is provided that allows you eat and function like normal almost immediately. The implant will need a few months to integrate with the jawbone before the next step is taken.
Single Tooth Implant Step 2

3. The final step is the placement of the permanent ceramic tooth. The new tooth is installed for life. No additional treatment is needed.
Single Tooth Implant Step 3

4. 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.
Single Tooth Implant Step 4

Alternatives

Tooth-supported fixed bridge

fixed bridgeA 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 sacrifices healthy teeth on behalf of the bridge.

Removable partial denture

Partial DentureThis 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 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 it is relatively cheap.

Resin-bonded bridge

resin brdigeThis 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. 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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If you are interested in a consultation for single tooth replacement, contact our office today. We also offer multiple tooth replacement and full arch replacement.