Single Tooth Replacement

If you are missing a single tooth, one implant and a crown can replace it. A dental implant replaces both the lost natural tooth and its root.

What are the advantages of a single-tooth implant over a bridge?

A dental implant provides several advantages over other tooth replacement options. In addition to looking and functioning like a natural tooth, a dental implant replaces a single tooth without sacrificing the health of neighboring teeth. The other common treatment for the loss of a single tooth, a tooth-supported fixed bridge, requires that adjacent teeth be ground down to support the cemented bridge.

Because a dental implant will replace your tooth root, the bone is better preserved. With a bridge, some of the bone that previously surrounded the tooth begins to resorb (deteriorate). Dental implants integrate with your jawbone, helping to keep the bone healthy and intact.

In the long term, a single implant can be more esthetic and easier to keep clean than a bridge. Gums can recede around a bridge, leaving a visible defect when the metal base or collar of the bridge becomes exposed. Resorbed bone beneath the bridge can lead to an unattractive smile. And, the cement holding the bridge in place can wash out, allowing bacteria to decay the teeth that anchor the bridge.

How will the implant be placed?

First, the implant, which looks like a screw or cylinder, is placed into your jaw. Over the next two to six months, the implant and the bone are allowed to bond together to form an anchor for your artificial tooth. During this time, a temporary tooth replacement option can be worn over the implant site.

Often, a second step of the procedure is necessary to uncover the implant and attach an extension. This temporary healing cap completes the foundation on which your new tooth will be placed. Your gums will be allowed to heal for a couple of weeks following this procedure.

There are some implant systems (one-stage) that do not require this second step. These systems use an implant which already has the extension piece attached. Your periodontist will advise you on which system is best for you.

Finally, a replacement tooth called a crown will be created for you by your dentist and attached to a small metal post, called an abutment. After a short time, you will experience restored confidence in your smile and your ability to chew and speak. Dental implants are so natural-looking and feeling, you may forget you ever lost a tooth.

Every case is different, and some of these steps can be combined when conditions permit. Dr. Chao or Dr. Nguyen will work with you to determine the best treatment plan. Are you in need of:

Pleasanton Prosthodontics

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Staff's are all nice and friendly. Dr. Olivia Nguyen is very accommodating, kind and knowledgeable . Thank you Dr. Nguyen for taking care of me, I'm so glad that you're my dentist!

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Everyone is fabulous, and they’re great with information that’s needed for one’s “upgraded” teeth. Happy with mine. Dr. Olivia is smart, lovely and she has great teeth! Her team is warm and pleasant at all times. Thank you, Ladies! Highly recommended.

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I would say if you fear going to the dentist they might change your. I would gladly recommend them to family and friends.

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Nice office, Dr Chao is very gentle and explains everything before each procedure, All the staff is very friendly and helpful.

- Steve F

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I am very pleased with the results of my Prosthidontic treatments. Dr. Chao and her team was a pleasure to deal with!

- Alex V

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Wonderful care!!! ️️️️️

- Susan R

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I highly recommend Dr. Chao professional and expert care from crowns to implants (for my daughter). She does beautiful work, and I couldn’t tell which tooth was the implant when all was done.

- Kimberly C

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I recently had the pleasure of undergoing a full mouth reconstruction with zirconia crowns at Pleasanton Prosthodontics’ office, and I am absolutely thrilled with the results! After years of feeling self-conscious about my smile, I finally have the confidence to show it off, thanks to the incredible work of Dr. Nguyen. From the initial consultation to the final fitting, the care and attention to detail provided by Dr. Nguyen and their team were exceptional. They took the time to explain every step of the process and made sure I was comfortable and informed throughout. The professionalism and expertise displayed by the entire staff made me feel at ease, even during the most extensive procedures. The quality of the zirconia crowns is outstanding, and the transformation is truly remarkable. Not only do they look incredibly natural, but the fit is perfect, allowing me to eat and speak comfortably without any issues. It’s a game changer to finally enjoy meals and conversations without any discomfort. I am deeply grateful to Dr. Nguyen for restoring not just my smile but my confidence as well. I highly recommend their services to anyone considering a full mouth reconstruction. Their meticulous work and the stunning outcome have made a significant impact on my life, and I couldn’t be happier with the results. Thank you, Dr. Nguyen, for giving me a reason to smile with pride!

- Eugene S

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Everyone at this office, from staff to Dr. Chao, is so sweet, kind, helpful, professional and top notch at what they do!

- Gilbert L

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I have had a very positive experience in every encounter with Dr. Chao. Not only does she strive to deliver excellent prosthodontic work, she also treats me with compassion, courtesy, and respect as a patient at every visit. Well done, Dr. Chao!

- Andrea B

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Dr Maggie Chao has extensive experience in dental works. She listens to your concerns and will help to solve and take care of your needs. I would highly recommend Dr Maggie Chao who needs advanced dentistry.

- Isabella C

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It is worth driving from Castro Valley. I’m so impressed,everyone gets along and I feel a part of a family.

- Colleen Pearl

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Great service,great staff , I would definitely recommend to family and friends.

- Jorge G

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Amazing group of processionals. Dr. Olivia Nguyen explained my procedure thoroughly. She restored my smile back! Thank you Dr. N!!

- Eloisa N

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My son got his teeth bonding completed by Dr. Maggie Chao who did a fantatic job. His teeth turn out great and our overall experience was painless.

- Isaiah W

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I had the All in 4 surgery and it was the best surgery experience that I have ever encountered. Dr. Chao was so professional but also very concerned for my well being. I NEVER had ANY pain after surgery. I ended up throwing the pain pills away as I never needed them. The process was long but through it all I could hear the doctors talking to me and assuring me that everything was going well. When I woke up and the surgery was complete, the staff was really attentive and gave me instructions to follow at home. I received the normal call to see if I was okay the next day. The experience I have to say was so very positive, the best thing I did was to choose Dr Maggie Chao and she referred me to Dr Ali Alijanian for my extractions. The was the first time my experience of dental surgery was so positive and with a brilliant outcome. I am truly happy with the All in 4 and so happy with Pleasanton Prosthodontics. I would highly recommend this office.

- Tina J

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Dr. Nguyen and the staff at Pleasanton Prosthodontics have been immensely professional and attentive. I am so happy with my crown (on a front tooth, no less) and new mouthguard. It looks and feels great, and I can finally bite into my food again. Thank you!

- Nathan L

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My wife received a permanent implant procedure at Pleasanton Prosthodontics. The attention to detail and professionalism displayed by Dr. Olivia Nguyen and her Clinical Assistant, Yolanda, surpassed our expectations and left a lasting impression. From the moment we walked through the door, the staff at Pleasanton Prosthodontics ensured that Gina felt welcomed and comfortable. Dr. Nguyen's expertise and dedication were evident throughout the entire process. She took the time to thoroughly explain the procedure, addressing all of Gina's concerns and ensuring she felt confident moving forward. Yolanda, Dr. Nguyen's Clinical Assistant, played a crucial role in making Gina's experience as smooth as possible. Her warmth, compassion, and efficiency were truly remarkable. What truly sets Pleasanton Prosthodontics apart is their commitment to providing personalized care. Dr. Nguyen and her team tailored the treatment plan to suit Gina's specific needs, ensuring the best possible outcome. Their attention to detail and dedication to excellence were evident every step of the way. Thanks to the exceptional care provided by Dr. Nguyen and Yolanda, Gina's permanent implant procedure was a success.

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