Single Tooth Replacement


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




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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