A new way to think about tooth replacement

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The Closest Thing to Nature

A REPLICATE Tooth is an individualized replica of your original tooth from root to crown.

No Drilling, No Waiting

Your old tooth is simply removed and immediately replaced with the REPLICATE Tooth.

No Damage to Healthy Teeth

Only the defective tooth is replaced. There is no need to file or damage adjacent teeth.

No Specialist Required

Since there is no drilling involved, any dentist can be trained to perform the REPLICATE Tooth procedure.

How it works: Step 1 - Imaging
How it works: Step 2 - Replacement
How it works: Step 3 - Healing
How it works: Step 4 - Permanent crown
1. Imaging

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.

2. Replacement

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.

3. Healing

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.

4. Permanent Crown

After healing is complete, the Temporary Protective Crown will be removed and replaced with a final permanent crown that is colored to match your surrounding teeth.

Do nothing

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.

Fixed bridges
Fixed bridges are a popular option for tooth replacement. The most common bridge is a three-unit bridge - a crown for the missing tooth connected to a crown on either side. In order to place a three-unit bridge, healthy teeth on either side of the empty space must be filed down into posts and permanently damaged. Since the root is not being replaced bone loss can occur over time. Most bridges last 8 to 10 years.

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.

Watch the procedure here.

Replicate tooth

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.

Watch the procedure here.

Find more information in our brochure

Know your options: 1 - Leaving the gap
Know your options: 2 - Fixed Bridges
Know your options: 3 - Implants
Know your options: 4 - REPLICATE tooth
Can the REPLICATE System be used to replace any tooth?

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.

Is the REPLICATE System covered by insurance?

As with normal implants, insurance usually doesn’t cover a REPLICATE Tooth, though part of the dental procedure may be covered.

How long does a REPLICATE Tooth last?

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.

Is the REPLICATE Tooth procedure painful?

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.

How long does the entire REPLICATE Tooth replacement procedure take?

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.

How expensive is a REPLICATE Tooth?

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.

Want to talk to your dentist about the REPLICATE System?

You can download this short information sheet to show your dentist at your next visit.