Types of Implant Crowns

Posted on: September 16, 2018

An implant crown is a dental cap that is placed on the external-facing side of an implant. These devices are used to replace missing teeth. Getting implants is a surgical procedure that can take months to complete, but it is considered to be the best way to replace missing teeth.

Other dental prosthetics used to replace missing teeth have one major flaw: they do not address the bone tissue loss that occurs after a tooth falls out. That means people who opt for other, cheaper alternatives like dentures have to deal with bone tissue loss that could drastically change their appearance.

Implants are surgically inserted into the patient's jaw, and it acts like a natural tooth root, stimulating the person's jawbone whenever they bite down or chew.

Two main types of dental implant crowns

There are two main types of implant crown that are commonly used by dentists. These are:

1. Cement-retained crowns

A cement-retained crown is a cap that is attached to the abutment on the implant using dental cement. Cement-retained crowns tend to have the best aesthetics, and attaching one is a relatively simple process.

2. Screw-retained crowns

Crowns can also be secured to an implant using a lingual screw and an occlusal. This type of crown has a hole on the side that rests on the gums, and this is used to attach it directly to the implant using a fixation screw. These types of crowns are much easier to maintain since they can be easily screwed off for maintenance and repairs.

Each type of crown has its benefits and disadvantages. For example, screw-retained crowns do not require the use of cement, and they can be easily removed for maintenance. However, the access hole that is used to connect the cap to the implant is prone to chipping. The screw can also become loose over time.

Cement-retained crowns can lead to bone loss and inflammation if the cement seeps into the gums. They are also the more difficult type to maintain since they are held securely in place with cement. However, these are not prone to chipping like screw-retained caps.

Why dental implants are popular

Implants do not just help to preserve the patient's jawbone tissue; they are also one of the most comfortable solutions when it comes to replacing missing teeth. They look and function just like real teeth, and the patient only needs to practice good oral hygiene to maintain them.

Getting a lost tooth replaced often increases the patient's confidence.

Patients need to have healthy amounts of jawbone tissue to qualify for implants. Implants have a 95 percent success rate, and most patient's do not experience any complications after getting them.

We can help with any dental implant questions! 

Dealing with a missing tooth? There is no need to let it ruin your appearance. There are many options when it comes to replacing a missing tooth and dentures are one of your best options.

Set up a consultation with one of our oral surgeons and explore your options.

Go to https://www.titandentalcare.com for implant crown information or call Titan Dental Care at (703) 745-3227.

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