Main Benefits of An All-ceramic Single Tooth Replacement
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. The ceramic crown is as tough as the regular tooth. Some crowns last up to 10 years with proper care, and some even extend longer.
In this case, a so-called 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.
- Immediately functioning teeth
- Excellent esthetic result
- Life long, stable solution
This procedure normally includes four visits to the dentist. You should expect to be able to work the day after having the implant installed.
INSTALLING THE NEW TOOTH – STEP-BY-STEP
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.
Before the procedure
The dentist makes a first examination and takes one or more x-rays of the area to prepare for the procedure. Your dental history will also be taken into consideration because of some risk factors involved.
Installing the implant
The implant is installed. At this time, a temporary tooth is provided that allows you 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.
Attaching the new crown
The final step is the placement of the permanent ceramic tooth. The new tooth is installed for life. No additional treatment is needed because the tooth will heal on its own.
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. If you use mouthwash constantly, you should start limiting it. Mouthwash contributes to long-term mouth dryness, and it can even lead to gum infection if usage is uncontrolled.
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 esthetics and function that is fairly easy to install. However, this alternative has two main disadvantages: continuous bone resorbtion in the edentulous area, 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 esthetic 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.
This alternative has some clear advantages: it is quickly installed, functions well and, since it is made of ceramic, it gives a high esthetic 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.
Is Single Tooth Replacement the Best for You?
Single tooth replacement is a straightforward procedure that wouldn’t take much of your time. More importantly, the procedure can be covered by a special dental plan. It’s important to ask yourself if the ceramic single tooth replacement is meant for you. But other than that, you should also seek the advice of your dentist. Usually, depending on your dental assessment, the dentist will recommend ceramic tooth replacement.
Lancaster Dental, your Kitchener dentist, is always ready to help. Contact us today if you want to know more or if you want to book a ceramic tooth replacement appointment!