The procedure to replace a single missing tooth by Dr. Moorhosue at our West Palm Beach Dental office is simple, effective, and can greatly increase your quality of life. An all-ceramic crown implant is identical to your natural teeth in both form and function. Receiving an all-ceramic crown to replace a missing tooth can improve your appearance as well as your confidence. And because they typically last for a patient’s entire life, they are worry free.
How an all-ceramic crown compares to other options
Our West Palm Beach Dentist office recommends the all-ceramic crown as it is superior in performance, appearance, and durability when compared to alternatives. The appearance is a major benefit of the all-ceramic crown, as it‘s nearly identical to your natural teeth in both shape and color. Because it is anchored to a dental implant, the all-ceramic crown will not move or come loose and will typically last the entire life of the patient.
The most inexpensive alternative is the removable partial denture. However, discomfort can occur because the partial denture does not provide a stable fit. And because of the material used, this option does not compare in appearance to the all-ceramic implant as it cannot be color-matched.
Another option is the resin-bonded bridge. This option, unlike the partial denture, can be color-matched. Because it requires resin to remain secure it does not offer the same durability or performance as the all-ceramic crown. Follow-up appointments are necessary in order to reapply the resin. The all-ceramic crown remains stable with no follow-ups needed.
A traditional bridge (tooth supported bridge) is supported by the teeth on each side of the space. This option can be color-matched and is stronger than a partial denture or resin-bonded bridge. But because a dental implant is not used in this process, the bone may become reabsorbed and teeth migration or bone weakening may occur. Bone resorption does not occur with an all-ceramic crown anchored to a dental implant. In addition, the teeth on each side of the space must be shaved, which can compromise their strength.
What to expect during your all-ceramic implant procedure
The full procedure to install an all-ceramic crown at our West Palm Beach Dentist office may take 2-3 visits to fully complete. A full examination of your teeth and gums will first be performed by Dr. Moorhouse. The area will be cleaned and prepared.
A dental implant is first installed and allowed to heal. Your bone needs time to fuse to the implant before the crown can be anchored to it. While you wait, a temporary crown may be provided so that proper function can be maintained. During this time your new custom-made crown will be fabricated.
Your replacement tooth will be color-matched to your existing teeth. This will provide a high quality appearance that is nearly indistinguishable from natural teeth. For a short time after Dr. Moorhouse anchors the crown to the implant some tenderness can be expected but should subside quickly.
How to care for your new all-ceramic implant
The all-ceramic crown is very durable as well as resistant to chipping and staining, however good oral hygiene is important. Be sure to keep regular check-ups and cleanings with our West Palm Beach Dentist office in order to keep your natural and replacement teeth clean and healthy.