For many of us, a trip to the dentist is met with a sense of dread. The REPLICATE Immediate Tooth Replacement System is helping to change that. This revolutionary technology enables your dentist to replace a tooth quickly, easily and naturally.
A REPLICATE Tooth is an individualized replica of your original tooth from root to crown.
Your old tooth is simply removed and immediately replaced with the REPLICATE Tooth.
Only the defective tooth is replaced. There is no need to file or damage adjacent teeth.
Since there is no drilling involved, any dentist can be trained to perform the REPLICATE Tooth procedure.
The REPLICATE System procedure is much quicker than traditional dental implants. The entire process is usually complete in about 6 months.
At your first appointment, a physical or digital impression of your teeth plus a three dimensional X-ray is taken. From this a completely individualized replica of your tooth will be created within two weeks.
At your second appointment, your original tooth is removed and immediately replaced with the REPLICATE Tooth. To protect your new tooth during healing a Temporary Protective Crown is bonded to an adjacent tooth.
Your new tooth will require approximately six months to heal and become strongly embedded in the surrounding bone. During this time your dentist will give you instructions regarding diet and oral hygiene.
If you need to replace one or more teeth, you have the following basic options available to you. Whatever option you choose, it is important to do something, because a missing tooth not only affects appearance but also has negative consequences on oral health.
The most common consequence of not replacing your tooth after it has been removed is bone loss. When there is no tooth to stimulate the surrounding bone it will deteriorate. Because your teeth want to touch, the opposing teeth can drift downward until they find a contact point and the adjacent teeth will tip into the site of the missing tooth. If you lose a tooth in the back portion of your mouth it will be more difficult to chew, which might lead you to chew on the other side. This could result in excessive wear on those teeth.
A dental implant procedure replaces the root of the missing tooth with a metal screw to which a ceramic crown is attached. There are many advantages to an implant. Most importantly, since the root is replaced, bone loss is prevented and adjacent teeth are not damaged in the process. Plus an implant can last for over 40 years.
However implants also have their drawbacks. Placing the screw in the jaw is a multi-step surgical procedure that requires drilling and a high level of specialized competence. For this reason it is almost always performed by a highly-trained specialist. It also requires a number of visits and procedures. First the original tooth is extracted and allowed to heal. Then a hole is drilled and the implant is placed. This again needs time to heal and the surrounding bone needs to fuse with the new implant. After 3–6 months a new procedure is necessary to expose the implant and attach an abutment to which a crown can be attached. The entire treatment time usually lasts 9–12 months. Because of the length and complicated nature of implants, they often cost significantly more than dentures or bridges but will last much longer.
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The REPLICATE System provides all of the advantages of an implant and eliminates many of the drawbacks. Since the REPLICATE Tooth is a copy of the original tooth, it can be immediately inserted right after your dentist has extracted the original tooth without drilling. While the bone is healing and attaching to the new root, a temporary crown is glued to an adjacent tooth for protection and aesthetics. Approximately 6 months later the temporary crown is replaced with a permanent crown which has the same form as the original.
Although the REPLICATE System is much easier to implement and as many advantages when compared to traditional implants, it can only be performed when the original tooth is still in place.
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The REPLICATE system can only be used if the original tooth is still in place. Also your dentist will need to evaluate if the surrounding bone structure is healthy enough to accept a REPLICATE tooth.
Like other implants placed in the body, e.g. tooth, hip, knee, the root of the REPLICATE Tooth is made of medical grade titanium. Titanium is proven to be well accepted by the body and to last for decades. As long as the surrounding bone remains healthy, the root of a REPLICATE Tooth should last a lifetime. If the crown should become damaged, this can be easily replaced.
Probably the worst part of the procedure is having your old tooth removed, which is of course done using anesthesia. The new REPLICATE Tooth is then tapped into place. While for most patients this is not painful, for some it can be uncomfortable.
From first visit to final crown placement, the REPLICATE Tooth procedure usually takes about 6 months. However, since the REPLICATE Tooth is placed immediately after removal of the original tooth, there is never a time when you have to live without a tooth. Most of the 6 months is simply to allow the bone surround the REPLICATE Tooth to heal before a final crown is placed.
Since each patient’s dental treatment is individualized, there is no fixed price for a REPLICATE Tooth procedure, but it is comparable in price to a traditional implant.