Single Tooth Replacement

Champaign Implant Dentistry - Champaign, IL


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.

In this case, a so-called one-piece implant is used. This means that all components are installed as a single unit, resulting in immediately full functioning teeth, shorter treatment time and minimized pain.

  • Immediately functioning teeth
  • Excellent esthetic result
  • Life long, stable solution

This procedure normally includes four visits to the dentist. You should expect to be able to work the day after having the implant installed. 


Replacing a missing tooth:

Losing a tooth is traumatic for most people.  The lost tooth can impact your smile and/or your chewing ability.  The bone surrounding the missing tooth also begins to shrink once a tooth is removed.   The good news is that you have options for replacing that lost tooth.  The most natural, advanced solution to replace a single missing tooth is with a dental implant.

This solution looks and functions remarkably similar to a natural tooth.  Esthetics are typically excellent and the ten year success rate for implants is well over 90%.  Implants have been used extensively in dentistry for over 30 years and have developed into the number one choice for replacing a single missing tooth.  

The basic steps: 

1) Evaluate the bone and surrounding gum tissues to ensure that bone and gum quality and quantity are adequate to predictably place and restore an implant.  Other options (leaving a space, placing a bridge, placing a removable partial denture) can be discussed as well.

2) After numbing the patient, a small opening is made in the gums to allow the dentist to place the implant in the bone where the tooth is missing.  A few stitches are placed and the patient is asked to avoid this area for several weeks while the gums heal.  Most patients do remarkably well with this procedure in our office using local anesthetic.  If patients are more apprehensive, we can refer to an oral surgeon for IV sedation.  Typically patients experience less discomfort then they would following an extraction

3) The implant is allowed to “integrate” or fuse with the jaw bone for a period of 3-4 months.  During this time the patient may wear some type of temporary restoration if the missing tooth is in an esthetic location.  If the missing tooth is in the back of the mouth, most patients just accept having a space during this healing period.

4) After the 3-4 month period, the implant has integrated with the surrounding jaw bone and the final crown can be attached to the implant.  The implant can be used just like a normal tooth at that point and is brushed and flossed like a normal tooth. 

Implants feel more natural than a removable partial denture,  are far easier to keep clean than a bridge, and also avoid damaging the adjacent teeth.  No wonder implants have become the #1 way to replace a missing tooth!


  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.


Champaign Implant dentistry.  Implant dentistry is the most advanced treatment to replace missing teeth.