Gum disease, tooth decay, accidents, and failed root canals cause almost 70% of American adults to lose at least one tooth before age 44. About 26% of adults in the United States lose all of their teeth by age 74. Dental implant crowns help fill the empty spaces that result, protecting your bite and the surrounding teeth. For more information on dental implant crowns, call or make an appointment online today at the office of Dr. Daniel B. Mendoza in Redwood City, California.
Dr. Mendoza uses dental implant crowns to replace your missing teeth. Dental implant crowns have two parts: the crown that you see in your mouth and the implant that fuses to your jaw bone. Dental implant crowns sit on top of a dental implant — an artificial tooth root buried under your gums — and are the visible parts of your tooth.
Regular crowns sit on top of your natural teeth after Dr. Mendoza trims them, allowing you to keep them. Dental implant crowns, in contrast, require complete removal of the treated natural teeth.
When Dr. Mendoza fits you with a dental implant crown, the hollow space inside the crown gets taken up by a small rod or peg often referred to as an abutment. This connector is made out of a gold alloy or ceramic material.
Dr. Mendoza uses the following two different types of dental implant crowns:
Cement-retained dental implant crowns get fixed to the abutment using special cement. Cement-retained dental implant crowns tend to be easier to place, often look better, and require little to no extra effort on your part.
There is a hole in screw-retained dental implant crowns that allows the crown to be directly attached to your implant. Since the removal of the crown helps with hygiene, repairs, and abutment screw tightening, the screw-retained design helps make these procedures easier.
Regardless of the material used to keep them in place, Dr. Mendoza strategically places your implants to come through your gum tissues and allow for proper placement of your crown.
The dental implant crown process often takes several months to complete. However, much of that time is needed for your mouth to heal and for new jaw bone to grow. The steps of the dental implant crown process include:
Whether you need one or several dental implant crowns to improve your smile, call or make an appointment online today at the office of Dr. Daniel B. Mendoza in Redwood City, California.