Single Tooth Replacement
Allen Park Dental Implants - Allen Park, MI - Implant Dentistry
SINGLE TOOTH MISSING
Benefits of replacing a missing tooth with a crown on an implant:
When both the tooth and root are damaged, many dentists feel 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. This treatment results in excellent esthetics and, quite possibly, a life long stable solution.
This procedure normally requires 4-5 visits to the dentist. You should expect to be able to work the day after having the implant installed.
The cost listed below wouldn't include any bone grafts, special temporaries, special computerized 3 dimensional x-rays if needed, or extractions that are necessary. It does include the surgical placement of the implant, the final crown on the implant, and all of the implant parts necessary to attach the crown to the implant.
- $2800 (less if your insurance pays for some of the treatment)
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.
|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 installed. The implant will need 3-6 months to integrate with the jawbone before the next step is taken. During this time, you will have a temporary tooth if you desire.
|3: Attaching the new crown
The final step is the fabrication & placement of the permanent crown. This usually requires 2-3 appointments.
|4: End result
You should expect the new tooth to fit and function just like a natural tooth. Do your usual dental hygiene at home to keep the tooth and gum around it clean and visit your dentist regularly.
ALTERNATIVES TO AN ALL-CERAMIC CROWN ON IMPLANT
||Tooth-supported fixed bridge
A traditional bridge involves grinding down the teeth adjacent to the missing tooth and these teeth will be used 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 when compared to an implant: 1) continuous bone shrinkage where the missing tooth is (this leads to less than favorable esthetics over time) and 2) grinding healthy teeth to support the bridge. Click this link for more information about bridges: link to bridges
||Removable partial denture
Partial dentures are loosely attached to your teeth, which affects both function and comfort. Partial dentures are loose in the mouth and sometimes have visible metal wires. A removable partial denture is made of plastic – a material that can't create the same esthetic result as a crown. The benefits are few but do exist: and they are: 1) adjacent teeth aren't ground down and 2) it is made relatively quickly and 3) it is relatively cheap. Click this link for more information about partial dentures: link to partial dentures
This alternative has some advantages: it is quickly installed, functions well and, since the false tooth portion is made of ceramic, it gives a high esthetic result. Moreover, the teeth adjacent to the missing tooth aren't ground down. In the illustration to the left, you can see 2 grey metal "wings" extending from each side of the false tooth. These metal wings are bonded to the tongue side of the teeth on each side of the missing tooth. 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. Also, it does make it harder to clean the teeth that are adjacent to the missing tooth.
Allen Park Family Dental
Michael J. Passera, DDS
6760 Allen Road, Suite 201
Allen Park, MI 48101
Allen Park 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.