There is no better, long-lasting option to restoring a missing tooth than a dental implant fitted with a crown.
An implanted-supported crown is far superior to a traditional tooth-supported dental bridge:
- Adjacent natural teeth are preserved – not destroyed
- A dental implant looks, feels and functions like a natural tooth
- Dental implants are designed to remain aesthetically pleasing for a lifetime
- The bone is upheld, preventing a visible bony defect
- Cleaning is easier and more hygienic
- Implants do not decay and you will never need a root canal
How will the implant be placed?
First, the implant, which looks like a screw or cylinder, is placed into your jaw. Over the next two to six months, the implant and the bone are allowed to bond together to form an anchor for your artificial tooth. During this time, a temporary tooth replacement option can be worn over the implant site.
Often, a second step of the procedure is necessary to uncover the implant and attach an extension. This temporary healing cap completes the foundation on which your new tooth will be placed. Your gums will be allowed to heal for a couple of weeks following this procedure.
There are some implant systems (one-stage) that do not require this second step. These systems use an implant which already has the extension piece attached. Your periodontist will advise you on which system is best for you.
Finally, a replacement tooth called a crown will be created for you by your dentist and attached to a small metal post, called an abutment. After a short time, you will experience restored confidence in your smile and your ability to chew and speak. Dental implants are so natural-looking and feeling, you may forget you ever lost a tooth.