Single Tooth Replacement

Single Tooth Replacement with a ceramic crown on an implant is perhaps the best permanent solution if the tooth and root are damaged beyond restoration. This new replacement tooth is a permanent, natural looking tooth that functions as if it had always been a part of you. We refer to this as a “one-piece implant” and it is placed in one sitting as a single unit. Resolving the missing single tooth dilemma in this fashion minimizes pain and treatment time.

Benefits

  • A permanent solution that will not require replacement
  • A natural look and function of your real teeth

Process

The replacement of a single tooth will routinely require four steps in the process. A consultation will reveal the best solution to your particular circumstances, as there are more than one option.

Your first examination will be the taking of x-rays of the intended area of the procedure.

Installing the implant is the second step in the process, at which time the implant is anchored to the bone and a temporary tooth is placed on it for a temporary solution so that you can eat, speak and chew properly. The implant will require several months to fully integrate with your jawbone before another step in the process may be taken.

Once your jawbone and implant are fully integrated, your next appointment will consist of the placement of your permanent ceramic crown (tooth). The dentist will remove the temporary crown and replace it with the newly crafted ceramic tooth and permanently cement it to the implant.

The final step in the process is to maintain proper oral hygiene to prevent gum disease and / or bleeding gums. Remember, brushing twice daily will keep plaque from forming; it causes your gums to become infected and bleed.

Some Alternatives to the Ceramic Crown and Implant

The Fixed Bridge
A traditional fixed bridge is another permanent solution by adjoining an artificial tooth between two abutment teeth. A small portion of the enamel is removed from each abutment tooth (one on either side of the missing single tooth) to properly fit a crown. The fixed bridge is then cemented to the anchor teeth.

Disadvantages — By this method, you are sacrificing the healthy teeth to fit the artificial tooth. Removal of the enamel and placement of a crown does no real harm, however, the loss of the jawbone where the tooth was originally will continue.

Removable Partial Denture
A more affordable option however not recommended is the removable partial denture. Loose and unstable, the removable partial denture will not provide the level of comfort and function of a permanent solution.

Disadvantages — Partial removable dentures are made from plastic, and will not only function less efficiently, it also does not resemble natural teeth. They are however, inexpensive if you don’t mind poor aesthetics.

Bonded Bridge
A reasonable alternative to the permanent crown on implant solution. This resin-bonded bridge is not permanent, and will eventually wear down in a few years. It will require restoration and be reinstalled every 3-5 years or less. It is however a well-functioning solution, is made to look like natural teeth and the adjoining teeth are not affected. Made of ceramic and not plastic, your smile will look far more natural than the plastic removable partial denture.

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Dr. Joel Moskowitz, DMD
The Dental Center
28 Bowling Green Parkway
Suite 6
Lake Hopatcong, NJ 07849

tel: (973) 663-4220
fax: (973) 663-6136
email: jmmdmd@msn.com

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