When the tooth and the roots underneath are damaged, the best replacement option is a permanent dental implant with a ceramic crown fitted on top. Once in place, this combination of dental restorations will make it appear as though you never lost a tooth at all.
Two Types of Dental Implants
There are immediately placed implants and those that are placed 8 to 12 weeks following the loss of the tooth. Dr. Brusky will scan the site to determine which option would benefit you the most. Once the tooth is restored, your smile will be complete, and you’ll enjoy full oral functionality.
The Dental Implants Procedure
Dr. Brusky will first conduct a thorough examination to see if you are a good candidate for dental implants. A model will be made of your teeth and jaws, and a precise plan of action will be formed by Dr. Brusky before the procedure begins.
The implant will be surgically implanted into your jawbone. Since it is comprised of biocompatible materials, the bone will harden around the implant, holding it in place. A crown is then anchored in place by the implant, creating a permanent solution to a fully-restored smile.
Alternatives to an All-Ceramic Crown on Implant
Tooth-Supported Fixed Bridge
A traditional bridge is a stable solution with good esthetics and function that is fairly easy to install, but there are three main disadvantages. There can be continuous bone resorption, healthy teeth will have to be ground down to support the bridge, and maintaining the cleanliness of the bridge can be challenging.
Removable Treatment Partial (a.k.a. Flipper)
This is not a permanent alternative to a lost tooth. Removable treatment partials are unstable and loosely attached, which affect both function and comfort. They are made of thin acrylic which is prone to breaking. Treatment partials hook to some of the remaining natural teeth causing stress and potential loosening of the teeth. These anchor teeth are also more prone to cavities and bone loss. There are a couple benefits, however: it is easily and quickly installed, and relatively inexpensive.
This alternative has some clear advantages: it is quickly installed, functions well and, since it is made of ceramic, offers a beautiful result. In the front of the mouth it can be very hard to mask the metal “wings” that are bonded to the backs of the front teeth, causing a graying of the adjacent teeth. Not everyone’s bite allows room for these types of restorations. The natural teeth are only slightly prepared, but it is not very permanent. The resin-bonded bridge will eventually come unglued or crack.
Dr. Brusky urges all patients in Seymour, De Pere, Pulaski, Howard, and Shawano to ask about single-tooth implants.
To schedule an appointment, call (920) 662-1440 or use the handy form on the right, and someone from Green Bay’s Center for Dental Excellence will get back to you promptly.