Replacing One Tooth

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Replacing one tooth

Replacing a single tooth with a dental implant allows for desirable long-term functional and aesthetic results.  Additionally, by electing to replace your missing tooth with an implant vs. a bridge or partial denture, you have chosen to help preserve the condition of healthy adjacent teeth by eliminating the need to grind down healthy adjacent teeth or use clasps for support.  Additionally, your dental implant will continue to stimulate bone and gum tissue while in function, which helps prevent future bone loss over time.

To understand dental implants, it is first important to understand the anatomy of a natural tooth.  Every tooth is made up of a crown and a root, or several roots.  The crown of the tooth is the part that is visible in the mouth.  The tooth root, or roots, anchor the tooth into the jawbone.  In health, this root is visible only on dental radiographs (“x-rays”).  When a tooth is lost, it is necessary to replace both the tooth crown and root.

A dental implant is a replacement for the root component of a tooth.

STIFor implant placement, it is essential that you work with a highly trained surgeon who can manage placing your implant in an ideal position.  In some cases, it may be necessary to “grow back” missing bone or gum tissue prior to placement of your dental implant to obtain both an ideal aesthetic and functional result.  Even the best general dentists cannot achieve an ideal final result if an implant is placed in a poor position.  This highlights the importance of recruiting an dental implant expert, like Dr Weiner, to work with your restorative dentist to replace your missing tooth.

After your implant is placed and allowed to heal, we will contact your general dentist and let him/her know it is time to see you to take impressions for your implant supported crown.

You can see how working together, Dr Weiner serves to replace the “root” portion of your tooth with a dental implant and your restorative dentist will replace the “crown” portion, giving you an aesthetic and functional replacement for your lost tooth.  We look forward to being a part of your team to replace your missing tooth and get you smiling and chewing well again.

The standard of care for replacing missing single anterior (“front”) teeth is a dental implant.  The placement of this fixture involves the reflection of gum tissue to gain access to the underlying bone.  Sequentially larger holes are created to the appropriate diameter and depth to receive the implant.  The next step involves placing the threaded implant into the drill site and a closure screw is placed on top.  Implant-bone integration typically requires a minimum of 8-12 weeks after which time and abutment (“healing cap”) is placed and impressions are taken to fabricate your implant-supported crown.  Your dentist may or may not elect to place a temporary crown during this transitional period.
The standard of care for replacing single or multiple missing teeth is a dental implant.  The placement of this fixture involves the reflection of gum tissue to gain access to the underlying bone.  Sequentially larger holes are created to the appropriate diameter and depth to receive the implant.  The next step involves placing the threaded implant into the drill site and a closure screw is placed on top.  Implant-bone integration typically requires a minimum of 8-12 weeks after which time and abutment (“healing cap”) is placed and impressions are taken to fabricate your implant-supported crown.  Your dentist may or may not elect to place a temporary crown during this transitional period.

Case Study 1

Patient presented with hopeless tooth root present next to an area where a tooth was previously lost due to deep decay.  At the same appointment, the patient’s remaining tooth root was extracted and two adjacent implants were placed.

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Implants placed immediately following extraction

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Progression of radiographs (“x-rays”) taken throughout implant surgery.  At this time, the patient is are waiting for the implants to heal.  After this 3 month healing period the patient will return to his general dentist to take impressions for his implant supported crowns.

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