Implant-supported crowns are a stable, natural-looking replacements for single missing teeth. Unlike a traditional dental bridge, this solution replaces the entire tooth, from the root to the crown. Dr. Stephen E. Rogers, D.M.D, and the team at Greater Long Island Dental Health Associates can both place implants and restore them with crowns at their Long Island, NY-area practice.
A Comprehensive Replacement
A dental implant replaces a lost tooth root. Once your dentist has placed an implant, he or she can attach a crown to completely replace the lost tooth. Over time, this synthetic root will become fused to the jawbone, helping to prevent the atrophy that would otherwise occur following the loss of the tooth.
Implant Crowns versus Traditional Bridges
A traditional dental bridge consists of two dental crowns supporting a pontic (artificial tooth) in between to close a gap created by the missing tooth. The adjacent teeth are altered to accommodate the supporting crowns. An implant-supported crown, on the other hand, requires no alteration of healthy teeth. Instead, the implant is the sole means of support.
Your dentist will perform a thorough assessment of your current health and medical history before recommending dental implants.
Are You a Candidate?
Dental implants are a landmark in restorative dentistry, but this solution is not right for everyone. If there has been any jawbone atrophy, you may require a bone graft or sinus lift to replace lost tissue before moving forward with an implant. Any gum disease or tooth decay must be resolved before receiving implants. Some autoimmune disorders may preclude you from receiving an implant. Your dentist will perform a thorough assessment of your current health and medical history before recommending dental implants.
Placing Implant-Supported Crowns
Once your dentist confirms that you are able to receive dental implants, the first of two surgeries will be scheduled. During this procedure, an incision is created in the gums at the site of the lost tooth. Next, your dentist will create a pilot hole in the jawbone. The threaded implant will be inserted into the bone tissue before the gums are sutured closed over the implant.
Over the next four to six months, the implant will become permanently fused to the bone tissue. Once your dentist confirms that this process is complete, you will undergo a minor second surgery in which the implant is exposed and fitted with an abutment piece, which will connect your crown to the implant. When the abutment is in place, the gums will be sutured in a way that leaves the abutment accessible above the gumline.
After about two weeks, when the gums have fully healed, you will return to our offices so we can provide a crown. This process would usually take at least another two weeks, but our CEREC® technology allows us to take a digital impression of your implant and surrounding teeth that will be used to create a custom crown in the span of one visit.
Before you leave our office, we will make certain that your crown fits precisely and comfortably without disrupting the balance of your bite. Once you are satisfied with the fit, we will attach the crown to the implant.
Schedule Your Consultation Today
If you are missing a tooth, an implant-supported crown may be the best solution. Contact us online to request a consultation with Dr. Rogers at Greater Long Island Dental Health Associates. You can also call us at (516) 468-7103.
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