Implant with Crown
You may already know the benefits of having an implant in your jaw when you have a missing tooth or multiple missing teeth. Choosing to have this treatment can stop further bone/tooth loss, and help you to avoid any negative side effects from losing teeth, such as sunken facial features and infection. If you choose not to have an implant at all, you can experience negative side effects that could affect your health and appearance.
However, although having an implant can fill in the space that your tooth root once filled, it won’t replace the look of your normal teeth. To do this, you need to have an implant with a crown. Without a crown, you’ll simply have a gap where your tooth once was. Your jaw will be filled in, but the gap in your teeth will not. This may not be such a problem at the back of your mouth, but you don’t want to have trouble chewing, or experience other problems that will be present without a crown.
You want your new ‘tooth’ to function well and fit in with the rest of your mouth. While a dental implant is essentially the replacement of the root of your tooth, the crown is the only part you can see. They are not compulsory, but they are recommended both for aesthetic and health purposes.
Different Methods Of Applying Your Crown: Screws And Cement
Crowns can be screwed into your new implant or cemented into place. Both methods are unique and have their own pros and cons.
First, you must know that there are three different components to an implant. You have the implant part, which is the part that takes up residence in the jaw. You have the abutment, which is designed to screw onto the implant, and hold onto the crown. Then you have the crown, which is the part people will be able to see when you smile, talk, and open your mouth in general.
Implant components are permanent, but designed to disassemble if you need them to. The screw option allows for easy maintenance when you visit a dentist. This allows your crown to be easily removed, repaired, or replaced.
A dental implant can last a lifetime, but many crowns won’t stand the test of time in the same way. This is because the crown is subject to all of the things a normal tooth is subject to, such as drinking coffee/tea, sugary foods, smoking, and more. These things can damage the crown. Even if you are taking steps to be as careful with your crown as possible, all crowns must be replaced or repaired from time to time. Screws help to make this task much easier.
This being said, in some areas of the mouth it may be advisable to have your crowns cemented to your implant. This is usually in the areas where you may be able to see the screw. You want your teeth to blend in seamlessly with the rest of your mouth, and for this cement is the best way. It is usually recommended for teeth that are at the front of the mouth.
Bear in mind that no one way is right, and it all depends on the individual and the circumstances. Speaking to a professional dentist will give you an idea of which method is best for you, and the price you should expect to pay for the service.
How Are Implant And Crown Procedures Done?
An implant will usually be left in place in the jaw for several months so that the bone can fuse and the gum can heal. After this has taken place, your crown will be attached to the implant in the way that is best for you, whether this is screwed on or cemented on. Your circumstances, budget, and the area of the crown will all be taken into consideration when your dentist discusses what to do with you.
In some cases ‘immediate loading’ is needed, where the crown is attached to the implant right away. In this case, the screw method is better as cement can cause a few issues, including flowing below the gum line and causing infection. It’s always best to take the advice of your dentist in situations like this so you can get the best, healthiest results.
Having an implant without a crown can leave your smile looking gappy, and even your features distorted. You won’t experience health issues such as bone loss, but you may not be happy with the aesthetic results without a crown.
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