Single Tooth Replacement


COURSE OF TREATMENT

INSTALLING THE NEW TOOTH – STEP-BY-STEP

The course of treatment described here is one of several options available.  Consult with Dr. Rheuben to find out what the best solution is for you, given your specific condition.

   
1: Before the procedure
Dr. Rheuben will perform an examination and take one or more x-rays of the area to prepare for the procedure.
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 months to integrate with the jawbone before the next step is taken.

   
3: Attaching the new crown
The final step is the placement of the permanent crown. The new "tooth" is installed. No additional treatment is needed.  
4: End result
You should expect the new tooth to fit and function just like a natural tooth. It is important that you brush and floss the area just as you do with your natural teeth, to maintain it's health.


 
ALTERNATIVES TO A 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 or metal –  materials 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 inexpensive.