Implant Crowns for Your Dental Implant
When you lose a tooth, several options are available for replacement, but dental implants are the “gold standard.” When you elect for a dental implant, it will require a restoration. In most cases, a dental crown is put in place. If you are in the San Francisco Bay area and have received a dental implant and are seeking a restoration that will last for years, you should choose a dental implant crown from Dr. Shivani Gupta at the Peninsula Dental Implant Center.
Dr. Gupta has an in-office CAD/CAM lab with CNC milling machines, scanners, and 3d printers. With these tools, Dr. Gupta can provide an implant crown or a bridge for multiple implant systems. Patients who get dental implants from any other office can come to Peninsula Dental and Dr. Gupta will be able to provide you with a crown or a bridge for any implant system. You can get custom-designed titanium abutments and zirconia crowns in only a few days at an affordable fee.
What is a dental implant crown?
An implant crown will be used when you lose a tooth and elect for a dental implant. Dental implants consist of multiple pieces, including the implant, which is surgically embedded into your jawbone, and the crown, which is attached to it. The crown is the visible portion of your dental implant and the piece that mimics a natural tooth’s appearance and function. While a regular dental crown encapsulates an existing yet weakened tooth, a dental implant crown requires complete removal of the natural tooth. Once you have been fitted for your dental implant crown, the hollow area within the crown will be filled by a small rod/peg called an abutment. This abutment connects the implant to the crown and is made of a gold alloy or ceramic.
Dental Implant Crown Options
There are multiple options available to patients when choosing a dental implant crown, including:
- Cement-retained: This form of implant crown is affixed to the abutment using adhesive cement. They are easy to place, often look the best, and require minimal effort from the patient
- Screw-retained: This type of crown has a hole, allowing it to be screwed directly to the implant. Because the removal of the crown can help with repairs and abutment tightening, this design makes it easier
Receiving Your Implant Crown
Getting your implant crown will likely take a few months to complete. A significant portion of this time is necessary for healing and for your jaw to fuse with the implant. The steps include:
- The removal of your damaged tooth
- Preparing your jawbone
- Implant placement
- Abutment placement
- Crown Placement
To learn more about receiving a dental implant crown, please schedule an appointment with Dr. Gupta by calling (650) 232-7650. Dr. Gupta also serves the residents of Menlo Park, Redwood City, San Mateo, and Palo Alto.