James S. Minutello, DDS &
Regina D. Minutello, DMD, MS, Inc.
And Associates
James S. Minutello, DDS &
Regina D. Minutello, DMD, MS, Inc.
Periodontics & Implant Dentistry

Single Tooth


Benefits of an all-ceramic crown on implant:
When a tooth is deemed hopeless and requires its removal, the best permanent replacement is a dental implant in conjunction with a ceramic crown. This option 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 discomfort.

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

This procedure normally includes four visits to the dentist;  one long appointment and three shorter ones. You should expect to be able to work the day after having the implant installed. 



The course of treatment described here is one of several options available. Consult your dentist to find out what the best solution is for you, given your specific condition.

1: Before the procedure
The dentist makes a first examination and takes one or more films of the area to prepare for the procedure.
2: Installing the implant
The implant is installed. At this time, a temporary tooth is provided that allows you eat and function like normal almost immediately.  The implant will need a few months to integrate with the jawbone before the next step is taken.
3: Attaching the new crown
The final step is the placement of the permanent ceramic tooth. The new tooth is installed for life. No additional treatment is needed.  
4: End result
You should expect the new tooth to fit and function just like a natural tooth. Do your usual dental hygiene to keep the tooth and gum around it clean and 


  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 shrinkage in where the missing teeth are, and otherwise healthy teeth are sacrificed for the sake of anchoring a bridge.  Furthermore, a bridge is dependent on natural teeth so when these natural teeth fail due to severe decay or a failed root canal procedure, the bridge fails too.  
  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.  Eating is not enjoyable when food gets underneath the plastic  portion.  A removable partial denture is made of plastic – a material that can't create the same esthetic result as a ceramic crown. The benefits, while very few, exists: adjacent teeth aren't affected.  It is easily and quickly installed and relatively cheap. 
  Resin-bonded bridge
This is another alternative that is not permanent since it will eventually come off and will have to be re-cemented.  It will not preserve the bone where the tooth is missing and will result in a less than ideal aesthetic situation.  This alternative has some clear advantages too: it is quickly installed and adjacent natural healthy teeth aren't as severely affected as a tooth-supported fixed bridge.



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