Dental Implants Procedures
Single Tooth Replacement
The first treatement is most common, however it is only one for several options avaliable.
1: Before the procedure
The dentist performs an initial examination and takes one or more x-rays of the area.
2: Installing the implant
The implant is installed. It will need a few months to integrate with the jawbone before the next step is taken. In the meantime, we may insert a temporary tooth that will allow you to eat and function normally almost immediately.
3: Attaching the new crown
A permanent ceramic tooth is placed into the implant. This is the final step of the procedure.
4: End result
Your new tooth should fit and function just like a natural tooth. Maintain your usual dental hygiene to keep the teeth and gums around your new tooth clean and healthy.
Alternatives to Single Tooth Dental Implants
Below are the alternatives to the method described above. Please contact the office if you have any questions.
Tooth-supported fixed bridge
A bridge consists of two crowns for the teeth on either side of a missing tooth, with a false tooth placed in between. Adjacent teeth are ground down to support the bridge. A bridge is a stable solution with good aesthetics and functionality, and is fairly easy to install. There are two big disadvantages to a tooth-supported fixed bridge. The jawbone may shrink around the missing tooth area, which can change the shape of your face. In addition, healthy teeth have to be ground down and compromised to support the bridge.
Removable partial denture
A removable partial denture is a false tooth made of plastic. The adjacent teeth aren't affected and the denture is easily and quickly installed. It is relatively inexpensive. However, a partial denture is not a permanent solution. It is unstable and loosely attached, which affects both function and comfort. As well, a plastic crown does not have the natural appearance that a ceramic crown does.
A resin-bonded bridge consists of a false tooth that attaches on both sides with resin or metal wings. This alternative has some clear advantages: it is quickly installed, functions well, and looks natural. Moreover, natural healthy teeth aren't affected. However, this solution is not permanent. The resin-bonded bridge will eventually come loose, usually after just a couple of years, and will have to be reinstalled.