Single Tooth Replacement - Dental Implant and Porcelain Crown - Dr Chris Hart: Cosmetic Dentistry Melbourne

Single Tooth Replacement – Dental Implant and Porcelain Crown

November 16, 2016

A case example of a dental implant and customised porcelain implant crown to replace a single missing tooth.


Image 1 – The dental implant has been  surgically placed and the patient is now waiting for the implant to integrate to the bone. This process is called Osseointegration (see below for definition) and on average takes around 3 months.

Osseointegration derives from the Greek osteon, bone, and the Latin integrare, to make whole. The term refers to the direct structural and functional connection between living bone and the surface of a load-bearing artificial implant – Wikipedia

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Image 2 – This image shows a temporary maryland bridge (resin bonded bridge) bonded in place. The bonded bridge allows the patient to go through the integration phase without having a removable temporary denture. It has a metal backing that makes it strong yet thin, and sticks well to the tooth using strong adhesives.

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Image 3 – This image is of the final porcelain implant crown in place. This patients crown is a customised premium implant crown. Note the exact colour match down to the translucencies and white flecks on the edge to match the adjacent teeth.

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Dr Chris Hart is a specialist prosthodontist at 20 Collins Street Melbourne and Bendigo who provides dental implants, veneers, crowns and bridges.