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Dental Implants
Single Tooth Replacement

SINGLE 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.

  • Excellent esthetic result
  • Life long, stable solution

Treatment:
This procedure normally includes 4-5 short visits with Dr. Fatehi.   You should expect to be able to work the day after having the implant placed.

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COURSE OF TREATMENT

PLACEMENT OF THE NEW TOOTH – STEP-BY-STEP

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

     
1: Before the procedure
Dr. Fatehi does a clinical examination and takes one or more x-rays of the area to prepare for the procedure.
  2: Placement of the implant
The implant is placed.  At this time, a temporary appliance is provided for esthetic purposes.  The implant will need a few months to integrate with the jawbone before the next step is taken.

     
3: Attachment of an abutment (post)
This step involves the placement of the abutment, onto which your dentist places the final crown.
  4: End result
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.


 
ALTERNATIVES TO DENTAL IMPLANTS

  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 place. 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 fabricated and relatively inexpensive. 
  Resin-bonded bridge
This alternative has some clear advantages: it is quickly delivered, 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 few years – and will then have to be re-done.



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