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Single Tooth Replacement

Dental Implants at Lake Bluff Dental Care in Lake Bluff, IL


Image of single missing tooth in mouthSingle Tooth Missing

Benefits of an all-ceramic crown on 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 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

Treatment:
This procedure normally includes four visits to the dentist. You should expect to be able to work the day after having the implant installed.


Course of Treatment 

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.

single missing tooth image before dental implant

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.

installing the dental implant in mouth

2. Installing the Implant

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 month to integrate with the jawbone before the next step is taken. 

attaching the new crown inside mouth

3. 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. 

image of final result of dental implant in row of teeth

4. End Result

You should expect the new tooth to fit and function just like a natural tooth. Do your usual hygiene to keep the tooth and gum around it clean. 


Alternatives To An All-Ceramic Crown On Implant

Tooth-Supported Fixed Bridge
tooth-supported fixed bridge image inside mouthA 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 resorption in the edentulous area, and sacrificing healthy teeth on behalf of the bridge. 


Removable Partial Denture

removable partial denture image inside mouthThis 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 mode 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. 

Resin-Bonded Bridge
resin-bonded bridge image inside mouthThis 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. 

Lake Bluff Dental Implants - Anyone who is missing one or more teeth due to injury, disease or tooth decay may be a candidate for dental implants.  The dental implant is stable and comfortable. No adjustment is needed after placement. Normally, it will serve its owner for life.

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