How can I replace a single missing tooth?
Benefits of a crown on implant:
When both the tooth and root are damaged, the best permanent replacement is by surgical placement of a dental implant by your Oral Surgeon. After a period of healing, your dentist will restore this implant with a crown (tooth). This solution both looks and functions just like a natural tooth.
In this case, a so-called one-piece implant is used. This means that all components are installed as a single unit, resulting in immediately full functioning teeth, shorter treatment time and minimized pain.
Immediately functioning teeth
Excellent esthetic result
Life long, stable solution
This procedure normally includes four visits to the dentist. You should expect to be able to work the day after having the implant installed.
ALTERNATIVES TO AN IMPLANT RETAINED CROWN:
Tooth-supported fixed bridge
Your dentist can fabricate a traditional bridge, which involves grinding down teeth adjacent to the missing tooth to support the bridge. A "floating tooth" is implemented at the missing tooth site. It is a relatively stable solution with good esthetics and function that is fairly easy to place. However, this alternative has two main disadvantages: continuous bone resorption in the edentulous area, and sacrificing healthy teeth on either side of the bridge. If one tooth on the bridge fails, the whole bridge can fail.
Removable partial denture
Your dentist can fabricate a 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 inexpensive.
Your dentist can fabricate and cement a resin-bonded bridge. This alternative has some clear advantages: it is quickly installed, functions well and it gives a reasonable esthetic result. Moreover, natural healthy teeth aren't affected. But it is not a permanent solution. The resin-bonded bridge will eventually come off – probably after just a couple of years – and will then have to re-cemented.