Crowns are used to return teeth to their natural beauty and to strengthen them. Most crowns can be mounted right on a tooth, but when you have teeth missing your dentist may choose to place an implant before affixing a crown. Implant procedures have one of the highest success rates in dentistry and can improve your smile, speech, and confidence. With proper care and maintenance implant crowns can last a lifetime.
Implants are made of titanium and surgically placed into you jaw through an opening made by your dentist. At your first surgery the doctor will make an incision into your gum and place the implant into a hole which he drills into your jawbone. After the implant is placed the incision is stitched closed. Once the implant grafts to the bone it acts as a new root for the crown which will replace your missing tooth.
About one month after the first procedure you will return and the doctor will make a new incision to expose the implant in order to screw an abutment onto the top of the implant. This is used to support the crown. After 10 to 14 days have passed and your gums have healed you return and a temporary is placed and attached to it. This fills the gap left by the missing tooth and gives your gums a chance to heal around the temporary crown. While your gums heal a new crown which matches the shape and color of your teeth is made. After about four to six weeks the permanent crown will be placed.
For an implant procedure to be successful the jawbone must be strong enough and there must be enough bone to support and hold the implant. The surrounding tissues and teeth must also be in good health. Dr. Buckingham will examine your mouth and take any necessary images to ensure the procedure will be successful. Crowns are made of porcelain, ceramic, or resin and are created to match your teeth’s natural color and contours.
Call us or contact us today if you have any questions about implant crowns. Our staff is caring and compassionate and we look forward to hearing from you soon.