- Location of the missing tooth
- Condition of the adjacent teeth
- Medical and Dental History of the Patient
- Cost Consideration
In this three part blog we will be comparing and contrasting:
Option 3: Dental Implant
The first step is the placement of the dental implant which is shaped like a tooth root. Once the root-form implant has healed into the bone (usually 3-6months), it is ready to be restored by the dentist. The first step of restoration is the fabrication of an abutment. An abutment should be thought of as a tooth that is prepared for a crown. The Abutment should continue the root form emergence of the implant with a flared transition to a porcelain crown. Because the contours of the implant and abutment mimic natural tooth so closely this paves the way for a very natural appearing porcelain crown
The advantages of a dental implant retained crown are that the adjacent teeth are not a factor. Each tooth (or implant) remains its individual unit. So the teeth can be cleaned function like natural teeth. Additionally, a dental implant cannot get tooth decay and can be placed in any area of the mouth making them a very dependable and functional solution.
However there are disadvantages of dental implants. The length of time from loss of tooth to permanent replacement with a dental implant is often long (3 to 6 months). Also the reason for the loss of the natural tooth can also impact a dental implant – dental implants are susceptible to periodontal disease, grinding, and trauma. Additionally, a patient’s medical history can have a large impact on an implants success. The placement of an implant is a surgical procedure and requires a healthy individual who is able to tolerate the anesthesia and where the implant will integrate successfully into the bone. (Smoking is a contraindication)
While dental implants are the closes option to replacing a natural tooth they are also the most expensive. The cost of replacing a single tooth is often between $4000 – $5000. Further, many dental insurances companies do not cover the cost of dental implants. It is important to talk to your dentist and do your research to figure out what option is the best for you.
*More information can be found about dental implants in our blog: Dental Implants
Drs. David and Janna Civils
1114 Magnolia Street