Missing teeth are not only aesthetically unpleasing, but can affect confidence and your ability to eat and speak. Dr. C has many options to restore your smile, and implant crowns can replace one tooth or a few teeth and give you back your smile and confidence. Implant crowns are a surgical solution to missing teeth. A new implant abutment is placed in the jaw and acts as the “root” for your new implant crown.
How Implant Crowns Work
In order for Dr. C to place an implant crown, there has to be enough bone in your jaw to support the implant crown. You may need a bone graft or bone augmentation done by a specialist before the implant can be placed. Dr. C will take x-rays and examine your jaw to determine if it is healthy enough to receive an implant crown. Implant crowns consist of three parts: the implant, the abutment, and the crown.
The implant is made of titanium and is the component placed in the jawbone. The abutment may be made of gold, porcelain, or titanium and is attached to the implant with a screw. The abutment is similar in shape to your natural tooth which has been cut down to receive the crown. The crown is screwed or cemented to the abutment. Your new crown may be made of metal, porcelain, or porcelain fused to a metal alloy. If the crown is screwed onto the abutment a tooth-colored composite filling material is used to cover the screw.
Placement of Implant Crowns
The placement of implant crowns requires several steps. How long it will take depends upon your situation. Sometimes it takes only a few months, and in other cases it can take up to a year to complete the procedure if you need a jaw augmentation or bone graft. Before the procedure is begun x-rays and an examination are needed to access the health of your jawbone. If the specialist feels your jawbone is healthy enough the placement of implant crowns may proceed.
Normally two procedures are used and are spaced three to six months apart. In the first procedure the specialist makes a small incision in the gum and a hole is drilled into the jawbone. An implant is then placed into the hole in the jawbone and the incision is closed. Your jaw is then left to heal for a short time. After the specialist feels it has healed sufficiently a new incision is made to expose the implant. A healing cap, or collar, is then screwed on top of the implant. This encourages the surrounding gums to heal. After the gums heal for a few weeks the abutment is screwed into the implant and this is used to support a temporary crown. A temporary crown left in place for four to six weeks to give your gums a chance to heal. At your last visit the temporary crown is removed and your new implant crown is placed.
Care of Your New Implant Crown
Implant crowns act and feel just like your natural teeth. They require the same care as your teeth so regular dental checkups and at home care is important. After about six months Dr. C will take x-rays and examine your implant crown to be sure it has healed and is in place. With proper care an implant crown will last many, many years.
Implant crowns can restore your smile, and help you have more confidence. Call or contact Chelkowski Dentistry in Austin if you have any questions about implant crowns. We’d be happy to help you decide of implant crowns are an option for you, and look forward to hearing from you very soon.