In case you have a missing tooth, it's always recommended to replace it with a dental implant. Unlike bridge, we do not need to shape up 2 adjacent healthy teeth of your's to fix a 3 unit bridge. We need to work in the empty space & your natural teeth surrounding it stay untouched.
The single tooth implant restoration consists of three parts. Namely, the implant post which replaces the tooth root, the abutment which will support the crown and the prosthetic crown itself. The crown is either cemented onto the abutment or held in place with a screw.
Single implant can be done in many scenarios.
In case that case, bone permitting , we can do immediate placement & loading of implants. That means Implant + Crown done in about 7-10 days flat. We will use Nobel active immediate loading implant (Nobel Biocare-Sweden) & you can choose between porcelain fused to metal crown or Zirconia -metal free crown.
In case you wish to go for a conventional healing ones, we can use Nobel Replace (Nobel Biocare-Sweden) or Alpha Bio (Israel) Implants. it needs a healing time for 5-6 months in the upper jaw & at least 3 months in the lower jaw. Only after the healing time, that we can place the crown of your choice on top. Till that time, you may need a temporary tooth in the esthetic zone.
In case you are selecting Nobel Replace (Nobel Biocare-Sweden) Implants , its recommended to place the implant & wait for 3-6 months again depending on the jaw area before putting the crown. But with Nobel Active implants,a lot of times, we can sometime do Immediate Implants + Crowns. It needs proper assessment and only bone permitting, we can do the immediate loading of implants with Crowns. Sometimes, the front teeth implants needs special esthetic abutments to get the correct profile.