When a natural tooth can no longer be predictably restored to health and function, it is extracted. Most teeth that are extracted should be replaced either by a fixed bridge, removable partial denture or an implant. In most situations, not replacing the tooth will result in loss of jaw bone, and the adjacent and opposing teeth will shift to fill the space. This ultimately results in a compromised bite and in some cases a loss of facial contour. A natural tooth and a dental implant are the only things that sustain and maintain the jaw bone. Of all the options for replacing the missing tooth, an implant is the closest to the natural tooth. It doesn’t require unnecessary dental procedures to the adjacent teeth and is cleaned just like the natural tooth.
We do not feel that every missing tooth should be replaced with an implant. The decision to replace the missing tooth with an implant depends on many variables that will be discussed at your consultation appointment and with your general dentist.
At the consultation appointment, we will be able to explain the conditions unique to your mouth and how they will influence the time required for completion as well as the cost involved.
The implant we use is called Ankylos®. We chose this implant because we feel it is the best implant system available today. It has a proven track record based on volumes of creditable published research reporting the biocompatibility, strength and the long-term predictability of Ankylos®.
A healthy natural tooth is the best implant. With this in mind, the question is not what to replace a tooth with, but whether it should be removed in the first place. We perform each treatment, so we are not biased one way or the other, and only recommend the treatment which is best for you based on an accurate diagnosis. Through the use of cone beam images and specialized software in treatment planning implant cases, we are able to place the implant in the optimal position in the patient’s jaws. Using this technique, we are able to anticipate any grafting procedures that might be necessary for the procedure. Once the treatment plan is finalized, the digital information is electronically transferred to Materialise Dental where the computer generated surgical guides are made, allowing us to place the implants in the exact position in the patient as they are in the computer model.
Implant Retained Crown (Natural Tooth)
Before and after photos showing Extraction and Implant Placement, using the patient’s natural crown as a temporary restoration