Single tooth replacement

Single tooth replacement

A single tooth implant with ceramic crown is the best permanent replacement when both the tooth and root are damaged. This solution both looks and functions just like a natural tooth.

The most common method for replacing a single missing tooth is with a fixed bridge which cemented to the teeth on either side of a missing tooth. With all fixed bridges the teeth adjacent to the space must be reduced to properly hold the bridge. The most conservative bridge is a Resin-Bonded Bridge (RBB), sometimes called a Maryland bridge. The resin-Bonded Bridge offers the advantage of minimal reduction of adjacent teeth to support the missing tooth. This type of bridge can only be used under certain circumstances.

A conventional bridge requires that the teeth on either side of the space be reduced in size to take room for crown which is then cemented onto the prepared teeth. The artificial replacement tooth is attached to these crowns prior to cementation. When properly maintained, the resin bonded bridge and the conventional bridge can last many years.

Implants can be considered to replace a single tooth. Often when the teeth on either side of the space are in good health, an implant may be the most conservative means of replacing the missing teeth because the adjacent teeth do not have to be reduced.

The single tooth implant restoration consists of three parts. Namely, the implant post which replaces the tooth root, the abutment which will support the crown and the prosthetic crown itself. The crown is either cemented onto the abutment or held in place with a screw.

Treatment step for single tooth implant restoration

The course of treatment described here is one of several options available. Consult your dentist to find out what the best solution is for you, given your specific condition.

Installing Single Implant 

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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.

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2: Installing the implant
The implant is installed. At this stage, if conventional implants are done, a healing abutment or cover screw is placed on and left about 2 months to integrate with the jawbone before the next step is taken. If immediate loaded implants are done, the temporary crown is loaded onto the implant.

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3: Attaching the new crown 
The final step is the making and placing the permanent crown on the implant. The new tooth is installed permanently.

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4: End result 
You should expect the new tooth to fit and function just like a natural tooth. Do your usual dental hygiene to keep the tooth and gum around it clean and healthy.
Benefits of A single tooth implant with ceramic crown
  • Strong & stable (tightly fixed)
  • A stable, secure solution that lets you eat what you want
  • Strength and stability
  • Save adjacent teeth. Prevents bone loss and existing teeth from drifting into surrounding space of the missing teeth
  • Gives a nice natural smile
  • Offers a long-lasting solution, often for life
  • Saves healthy teeth as eliminates the need to modify healthy teeth
  • No more caries for dental implant
  • Correct an altered bite