Replacing one or more missing teeth with individual implant-supported crowns


Single tooth gap

  • Tooth extracted due to trauma, infection, failed root filling and/or root fracture
  • Crown keeps falling out and/or not enough tooth left to attach crown
  • Repeated infections
  • Permanent tooth missing from birth


Implant-supported single crown

  • Looks and functions just like a natural tooth
  • No need to damage adjacent healthy teeth
  • Continued use (loading) prevents resorption shrinkage of the underlying bone
  • Implant-supported tooth prevents lateral movement (drifting) of adjacent teeth and over-eruption of opposite tooth
  • Very high and predictable long-term success, of 98%, with conventional oral  hygiene dental care


Leave a gap

  • Unsightly
  • May impair eating, speech, confidence
  • Bone and gum in the gap will shrink
  • Positions of adjacent and opposing teeth will be distorted over time

Conventional bridge

  • Healthy adjacent teeth need to be damaged to attach/support the bridge, thus compromising long-term health of these teeth
  • Bone supporting the gum beneath bridge will shrink due to lack of use
  • Extra stress on supporting teeth during chewing

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