What are Implant Crowns and how do they differ from conventional dental crowns?
One of the most prominent differences between an implant crown and a conventional crown is the fact that the former replaces the root as well as the crown of the missing tooth, while the latter only replaces the crown. The implant crown procedure is therefore an invasive, surgical one. The implant is made up of three main components namely, the crown, the abutment and the threaded implant.
Advantages of opting for an implant crown
There are a number of benefits associated with implant crowns, some of which have been enlisted as follows:
- Prevents degeneration or resorption of the underlying jaw bone; or prevents it from thinning down, in simpler terms
- Preserves facial muscle tone
- Provides enhanced strength enabling the patient to chew and eat comfortably without worrying about dislodgement or fracture issues
- Excellent aesthetic properties; looks exactly like a natural tooth in the oral cavity
- 100% biocompatible, non-toxic, non-irritant, and currently the best form of tooth replacement in dentistry
What happens during an implant crown surgery?
The patient’s previous medical, drug and family histories are evaluated first. After anesthesia administration at the site of surgery, the threaded implant screw is first placed into the jaw bone with the help of a number of drilling and torquing instruments to achieve ideal stability. The gum is then sutured and the implant is allowed to fuse with the surrounding bone in a process called ‘Osseo-Integration’ for a span of 3 months at least (except in cases of immediate loading). A radiograph is taken to evaluate the degree of osseointegration, and once optimal fusion between the threads of the implant and the bone has taken place, the abutment is placed on top of the implant. The abutment is the portion of the dental implant the crown is cemented to. A porcelain crown is fabricated to match the shade and morphology of the missing tooth, and is finally fixed atop the abutment.
Implant Crowns have become the top recommendation of leading dentists across the globe for missing tooth replacement. Learn more about how implant crowns can help you smile, speak and chew better by booking an appointment with Dr. Michael Butcher and his team at South Austin Dental Associates today!