Oak Brook Smiles provides the best tooth replacement options!
Benefits of an All-Ceramic Crown on Implant
The best permanent single tooth replacement, when both the crown and roots of the teeth are damaged, is certainly a dental implant with a ceramic crown. This conveniently replaces the entire tooth which was lost without affecting the adjacent natural teeth. The implanted tooth provides strength and stability for proper function and the ceramic crowns will offer superb aesthetics.
When a patient loses only one tooth, a single unit implant guarantees shorter treatment time. The patient also experiences minimized pain and discomfort and the result is immediate full functioning teeth.
Dr. Haque on Single-Tooth Dental Implants
Course of the Single Tooth Replacement Treatment
Installing the new tooth (Step-by-step)
Step 1: Prior to the procedure. X-Rays and all the other necessary diagnostic data are obtained from the patient. The dentist then makes a full assessment of the patient’s case to prepare for the procedure.
Step 2: Installing the implant. On the day of the procedure, the implants will be safely installed. Before the patient is released, a temporary crown will be attached to cover the new implant. This allows the patient to temporarily restore function of the mouth, almost immediately. The newly installed implant will be left in the jaw for the purpose of allowing it to fully integrate with the bone and prepare it to receive the final crown or restoration.
Step 3: Attaching the new crown. The final step of the treatment is the cementation of the final ceramic crown. Providing that the single tooth replacement treatment was properly planned and performed, the new crowns and implants should serve the patient for life and it will not need any added treatments.
Alternative to an all-ceramic crown on implant
- Fixed Bridge. An alternative option to the tradition bridge include grinding down the adjacent teeth to support a bridge. This is a stable solution that will also restore function and aesthetics. It is easily installed, but has two main disadvantages: the continuous bone resorption on the edentulous area cannot be prevented and the adjacent healthy teeth will have to be utilized to support the bridge.
- Removable Partial Denture. Another tooth replacement alternative is to fabricate a removable denture. Do note that this option is not a permanent alternative, mainly because it is loosely attached which can affect both function and comfort. This partial denture is made with plastic which is a material that is not able to create the same aesthetic result as a ceramic crown; proving its insufficiency as an aesthetic replacement. Despite the mentioned disadvantages, removable partial dentures have advantages as well: It does not use the adjacent teeth, it can be easily fabricated and quickly installed, and as for a single tooth replacement cost, it is fairly expensive.
- Resin-bonded Bridge: This alternative option has clear advantages. The installation time is short, it functions great and due to its make of ceramic, it gives a fairly high aesthetic result. Another significant factor resulting from its use is that provides replacement without affecting the adjacent natural teeth. However, it is not a type of restoration that is permanent, unfortunately. After a time, the resin-bonded bridge will come off and there will be a need to replace or reinstall it.