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Dental Implant Replacing A Single Tooth

If you are missing a single tooth, one implant and a crown can replace it. A dental implant replaces both the lost natural tooth and its root.

 

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.

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

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

 

 

1: Before the procedure
Dr. Chang 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. At this time, a temporary tooth is provided that allows you 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 ceramic tooth. The new tooth is installed for life. No additional treatment is needed.  

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 health.


 ALTERNATIVES TO AN ALL-CERAMIC 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 – 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
This 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.

 


 

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Periodontics & Implant Center of McKinney   

Dr. Paul P. Chang D.D.S., M.S.

           -Board certified Periodontist & Prosthodontist  

 

               

321 N. Central Expressway, Suite 101

(Inside of Prosperity Bank Building)

McKinney, TX 75070

 

Phone: 972-540-5700

Fax: 214-544-8700

McKinney Periodontist; Dr Paul Chang is a board certified periodontist dedicated to excellence in treating periodontal disease (gum disease), gingival (gum) recession, and replacement of missing teeth with dental implants. Please come and visit McKinney periodontics and prosthodontics in McKinney TX, Dr Paul P. Chang. DDS MS