Crowns for Implants
In the event you are missing a tooth for one reason or another, you may be in need of a dental implant. Dental implants are titanium posts (similar to a tooth root) that are positioned into the jawbone, allowing your dentist to place a new tooth or porcelain bridge in that space. Generally speaking, dental implants are considered the most natural-looking option for missing teeth. Single-tooth implants with crowns are used for a variety of reasons, but mainly to replace missing teeth. It is important to note that crowns for implants will only work if there is enough strong bone in the jaw. It must be due to the fact that the implant is being supported by the jaw bone, so it must be able to withstand pressure and regular stress from chewing.
One of the most common questions we are asked is, “am I a candidate for dental implants?” As a general rule, the answer is yes if you have lost one or more teeth. However, our dental implant patients must be in good health. Unfortunately, there are some diseases and conditions that make it unsafe for this procedure to be done, including the following:
- Uncontrolled diabetes
- Radiation to the jaw or face
- Periodontal (gum) disease
Why Should I Get a Crown for Implant?
In order to determine the best dental implant option for your specific needs, Dr. Van Natta will assess your dental and medical history as well as your mouth, jaw, and teeth function. In doing so, she will have a better idea of whether or not a crown for implant is the right treatment option. She may also require digital x-rays or 3D scans in order to get a better picture of your mouth and oral health.
It is important to keep in mind that there are several different options when it comes to implant tooth replacement, including the following:
- Fixed multiple tooth replacement or bridge
- Removable implant-supported tooth replacement or partial
- Single tooth replacement (this is the crown for implant option we are talking about)
For a single tooth implant, the abutment is screwed into the implant. The crown is placed on the abutment, which is the tooth part that you see when you look inside the mouth. The custom-made crown will be designed to match your existing teeth as closely as possible. The crown will then be screwed or cemented onto the abutment in order to keep it in place permanently. Upon completion, you will not notice a difference between the implant and the rest of your teeth, as long as everything went as planned.
It is important to remember that while your dental implant may look, feel, and function like the rest of your natural teeth, they are not the same. In order to preserve their longevity and prevent a dental disaster, it is imperative that you practice great oral hygiene on a daily basis. While your implant is not at risk of decaying like the rest of your teeth, they may be susceptible to peri-implantitis, which is an inflammatory response to bacterial biofilm of the gums.
To learn more about crowns for implants or dental implants in general, please do not hesitate to contact your dentist, Dr. Van Natta. Our knowledgeable dental team is in place to answer any questions you may have and are here to ensure your experience with us is an enjoyable one. To schedule a consultation or regular cleaning prior to your implant procedure, please give us a call.