Single Tooth Replacement
Once you learn about dental implants, you finally realize there is a way to improve quality of life. Even if you have lost just one tooth - whether it's a new situation or something you have lived with for years - chances are you have never become fully accustomed to losing such a vital part of yourself.
Now you can start over! With titanium tooth roots your dentist can offer replacement teeth that look, feel and function just like natural teeth. Dental implants can be your doorway to renewed self-confidence and peace of mind.
Dental implants fuse with the jawbone to form a secure foundation for tooth replacement. This concept for oral rehabilitation was developed more than thirty-five years ago by a Swedish scientist and orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Per-Ingvar Branemark. With his pioneering research, Dr. Branemark opened the door to a lifetime of renewed comfort and self-confidence for millions of individuals facing the frustration and embarrassment of tooth loss.
What Can One Tooth Can Restore?
A missing single tooth surrounded by healthy teeth has unique demands. The challenge is to replace your missing tooth for both function and appearance, without harming your remaining teeth or gum tissue.
Appearance - Besides good function, the ideal replacement must look like a natural tooth, both to you and to others. The solutions possible with a Nobel Biocare implant supported crown take advantage of the best appearance possibilities available in dentistry.
Confidence - The idea replacement for your missing tooth must also feel like a natural tooth and be easy to keep clean. Knowing your tooth is stable while eating and talking means a lot. You'll also be glad your treatment didn't require grinding your remaining natural teeth.
Security - The long term safety of single-tooth replacement is well established. Your doctor will discuss with you a treatment plan for long term results.
What are the treatment steps?
The first step is the placement of the titanium implant. The implant will remain covered underneath the gum for approximately 3 to 6 months. During this time, the implant should fuse to the bone.
The second step of the procedure involves uncovering the implant and attaching a post. This completes the foundation on which your new tooth will be placed. In some instances, your surgeon may decide to place the post at the time of the initial surgery.
The final step is the placement of your new tooth by your dentist. With techniques that ensure optimal size, shape, color and fit, this replacement tooth should blend with your remaining teeth.
© 2002 Nobel Biocare USA