In years past, an individual with missing teeth had only two options, dentures or bridges. Now, however, because of advancements in prosthodontics, our patients have the option of obtaining a dental implant that is practically identical to its surrounding teeth.
Here at Smooth Dental Group, we work together with implant specialists to fabricate implant crowns. An implant crown is custom-made from ceramic material to mimic the appearance of an actual tooth and is often indistinguishable from the real thing. The result is a perfectly restored smile that, with proper care, will retain its strength and appearance for a lifetime.
How Implant Crowns are Made
The first step is to take impressions of the patient’s existing teeth to be used as a basis for the size and shape of the crown. The look, color, and fit of the crown will be custom-made to the patient’s satisfaction. The brands of crowns that we use include Strauman, Zimmerman, and Nobel Biocare.
Before an implant crown can be placed, a patient is referred to an implant specialist, who surgically inserts the implant anchor into the gums. The implant anchor actually fuses to the jawbone, which is what allows it to be so strong and enduring.
After a period of healing and the addition of a post, the implant is ready to receive the crown. The crown is simply cemented to the implant post and a newly restored smile is born.
How to Care for Implant Crowns
As with all teeth, an implant crown will need to be properly cleaned and maintained in order to remain strong and healthy. Brushing at least twice a day and flossing thoroughly once a day are the minimum requirements. A professional cleaning by a dental hygienist is recommended twice a year, as with all natural teeth, to ensure that no plaque or tarter is allowed to buildup at the gum-line.
It is also best to avoid chewing any hard foods or objects such as ice and hard candy. Patients with the habit of grinding their teeth may need to take additional measures to ensure that they don’t damage the implant crowns. In these situations, nighttime mouth guards are sometimes recommended.