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 or tooth loss and help you to avoid any negative side effects from losing your teeth, such as sunken facial features and oral infections. If you choose not to have an implant at all, you can experience negative side effects that could potentially 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 you can have 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 at Pro Edge Dental 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, which Drs. Kip Jones, Chad Wagstaff and Doug White will discuss with you.
First, you must know that there are three different components to an implant. You have the implant part, which is the post that is placed in your 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 be removed if necessary. The screw option allows for easy maintenance when you visit our dentists. 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 same things as a normal tooth, such as drinking coffee and tea, hard and tough 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 in this instance, cement is the best way. It is usually recommended for teeth that are at the front of your mouth.
Bear in mind that the method a dentist chooses 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 you can learn the price you can expect to pay for your implant.
How Are Implant and Implant Crown Procedures Done?
An implant will usually be left in place in the jaw for several months so that the bone can fuse to the implant and the gums can heal. After this has taken place, your crown will be attached to the implant, whether it 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 your options with you.
In some cases, ‘immediate loading’ is needed. This is a situation in which the crown is attached to the implant right away. In this case, the screw method is better, since cement can cause a few issues. Cement can seep below the gum line and cause an infection. It’s always best to take the advice of your dentist in situations like this so you can get the healthiest results.
Having an implant without a crown can leave a gap in your smile your features looking distorted. You won’t experience health issues such as bone loss, but you may not achieve aesthetic results you desire without a crown. Please contact our team at 801-874-1000 to learn more about an implant crown in Layton and South Jordan, Utah.