Complete Your Smile With a Tooth Implant
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. In this case, a 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.
This procedure normally includes four visits to the dentist. You should expect to be able to work the day after having the implant installed.
- The dentist makes a first examination and takes one or more x-rays of the area to prepare for the procedure.
- The implant is installed. At this time, a temporary tooth is provided that allows you to eat and function like normal almost immediately. The implant will need a few months to integrate with the jawbone before the next step is taken.
- The final step is the placement of the permanent ceramic tooth. The new tooth is installed for life. No additional treatment is needed.
- You should expect the new tooth to fit and function just like a natural tooth. Following your usual dental hygiene routine will keep the tooth and gums around it clean.
Alternatives to Dental Implants
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 sacrifices 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 it is relatively cheap.
This alternative has some clear advantages. Resin-bonded bridges are quickly installed, function well and, since they are made of ceramic, give a high aesthetic result. Moreover, natural healthy teeth aren’t affected. But it is not very permanent. The resin-bonded bridge will eventually come off, probably after just a couple of years, and will then have to be reinstalled.