SINGLE TOOTH MISSING
Benefits of a crown on implant:
When both the tooth and root are damaged, the best permanent replacement is a dental implant in conjunction with a crown. This solution both looks and functions just like a natural tooth.
This procedure normally includes several visits to the dentist. You should expect to be able to work the day after having the implant placed.
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, diagnostic casts and or surgical guides of the area to prepare for the procedure.
2: Installing the implant
The implant is placed into the bone of the area needed. The implant will need a few months to integrate with the jawbone before the next step is taken.
3: Attaching the provisional crown and new implant crown
The provisional crown is a temporary implant crown. This step is crutial because the provisional retrains the gum tissue that a tooth is there. The provisional is worn about 4-6 weeks to obtain the correct gum height. A scan is taken of the area and sent to the laboratory to fabricate the permanent implant restoration. The final step is the placement of the permanent implant crown
4: End result
A beautiful smile with excellent aesthetic results.
ALTERNATIVES TO AN IMPLANT CROWN RESTORATION
Tooth-supported fixed bridge
A traditional bridge consists of a false tooth or teeth connected between two crowns. 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 teeth in order to have a bridge placed. This bridge will have to be replaced several times throughout your lifetime.
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. It is easily and quickly installed and relatively cheap. However the forces of the denture can affect the teeth adjacent to the space and cause them to loosen.
Maryland bridge (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.