When both the tooth and root are damaged, the best permanent replacement is a dental implant in conjunction with a ceramic crown. This solution both looks and functions just like a natural tooth.
- Immediately functioning teeth
- Excellent aesthetic result
- Life long, stable solution
This procedure normally includes two visits to the dentist. You should expect to be able to work the day after having the implant installed.
The course of treatment described here is one of several options available.
|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 placed. At this time, a temporary tooth will be provided that allows you to eat and function like normal almost immediately.
|3: Attaching the new crown
The final step is the placement of the permanent ceramic tooth. No additional treatment is needed.
|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
Alternatives to an all-ceramic crown on implant
Tooth-supported fixed bridge
A traditional bridge involves grinding down adjacent teeth to support the bridge. It is a stable solution with good aesthetics and function that is fairly easy to install. However, this alternative has two main disadvantages: continuous bone reabsorbtion, and sacrificing healthy teeth on behalf of the bridge.
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 aesthetic result as a ceramic crown. The benefits are few but do exist: adjacent teeth aren’t affected. It is easily and quickly installed and relatively cheap.