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Dental Implants
Single Tooth Replacement

SINGLE TOOTH MISSING

When a tooth is missing or a tooth is going to be lost, two common replacement options are a tooth supported fixed bridge or an implant supported crown.  A fixed bridge involves grinding down adjacent teeth into peg shapes in order to fit the cemented bridge in place.  It is a stable solution with good esthetics and function that is fairly easy to install.  However, a tooth supported fixed bridge sacrifices tooth structure of the adjacent teeth and makes them more prone to future problems.

Benefits of replacing a single missing tooth with an implant supported crown:

  • It looks and functions like a natural tooth
  • It does not decay nor ever need a root canal
  • There is no need to grind down the adjacent natural teeth
  • It is more hygienic (easier to clean) than a tooth supported fixed bridge

 

COURSE OF TREATMENT

INSTALLING THE NEW TOOTH - STEP-BY-STEP

The course of treatment described here is one of several options available. Consult Dr. Guier 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 installed. At this time, a temporary tooth or a provisional (temporary) appliance is provided. 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. 

4: End result

You should expect the new tooth to fit and function just like a natural tooth. 

 

Please visit our Smile Gallery / Dental Videos to view examples of Single Tooth Replacement cases


Contact us for more information or to schedule a consultation.

 

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