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
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