Dental implant-based restorations are used to replace missing teeth. The implant, which is a screw-like device that is fashioned from titanium metal, is surgically inserted into the jawbone. Thus, the jawbone must be thick enough to support the device. The dentist performs the implantation procedure in the office using localized anesthesia at the entry site of the implant.
A dental implant is designed to replace the portion of the tooth that rests below the gums and is seated in the jawbone. The natural crown of a tooth is not replaced by a dental implant. Instead, an implant crown must be used.
Here's a bit of information about dental implant crowns and how they connect.
Is There a Difference Between an Implant Crown and a Typical Dental Crown?
An implant crown is used to cover a dental implant while a standard dental crown is used to cover a natural tooth. The implant crown is connected to the dental implant by an abutment.
After the placement of a dental implant, the resulting wound is allowed to heal. After this healing process, which is called osseointegration, is complete, the dentist adds an abutment to the implant to prepare it to be covered by an implant crown.
What Materials Are Used to Make Implant Crowns?
People who have their lost teeth replaced by a dental implant frequently want the most natural-looking restoration possible. As a result, they often opt for crowns that can be matched to the natural color of their teeth.
Implant crowns that are fashioned from porcelain or porcelain-over-metal are often preferred. Nevertheless, a patient can still choose other implant crown materials, such as metal alloys or gold. Although gold does not offer a natural look, it is the most durable crown material.
Are All Implant Crowns Connected in the Same Manner?
Although abutments are used to connect the crowns, some implant crowns are retained using dental cement, and others are retained using screws.
Crowns that are cemented into place attach to an abutment permanently. However, a screw-retained implant crown includes a hole in its structure. The hole provides the connection of the implant crown to the implant using a screw. The screw makes it easy to remove the crown to perform adjustments or repairs. Nevertheless, some people prefer the permanence of a cement-retained crown.
To learn more about dental implant crowns, schedule a consultation with a dentist in your local area.