What is an Implant-Supported Crown?
An implant-supported crown is a single dental crown supported by a dental implant, designed for patients looking for a permanent and lasting solution to replacing a single missing tooth. During the procedure, the oral surgeon will surgically insert a small titanium post into the jawbone to replace the lost tooth roots. In about four to six months, once you have fully healed and the implant has successfully fused with your jawbone, Dr. Van Slate will design a dental crown to affix over the implant. This restoration will be custom-made to blend with the natural shape, size, and color of your neighboring teeth to not only restore dental function but also a beautiful smile.
The restorations used by Dr. Van Slate are fashioned at one of the best labs in the United States in order to provide a high-quality product with a customized fit.
The restorations used by Dr. Van Slate are fashioned at one of the best labs in the United States in order to provide a high-quality product with a customized fit. When choosing a dentist, it’s important to know where your restoration will be made. Many dental practices work with overseas labs that provide cheaper restorations and deliver inferior results.
Implant-Supported Crown vs. Traditional Dental Bridge
When tooth loss is left unaddressed, even for just one tooth, it can lead to serious oral conditions, such as shifting teeth, dental pain, jawbone deterioration, and structural changes to the face. This is why it is important to immediately choose a restoration once tooth loss occurs.
In the past when tooth loss occurred, the only option was traditional dental bridges. This type of restoration is designed from a single block of porcelain and consists of a false tooth in the middle with a dental crown on either side. The two crowns are bonded to your remaining teeth for support. Although traditional dental bridges are a faster and more affordable treatment option, implant-supported crowns provide a longer-lasting approach to restoring your smile without altering neighboring teeth.
It is also important to understand that the bone tissue will recede in the absence of tooth roots. A traditional bridge cannot stop this from happening, but a dental implant can.
Are You a Candidate?
During your evaluation, Dr. Van Slate will perform a series of scans and x-rays to determine if you are a good candidate for an implant-supported crown. The best candidates for an implant-supported crown include patients who:
- Do not have chronic health concerns (gum disease, diabetes, heart disease)
- Do not smoke heavily
- Have isolated tooth loss
- Have sufficient jawbone strength to support the implant
- Have good oral health
- Are committed to following a healthy oral hygiene regimen
Benefits of Implant-Supported Crowns
Repairing your smile with an implant-supported crown provides many benefits, including:
- Restored dental function
- Lasting, natural-looking results
- Better oral health
- Jawbone retention
- Improved confidence
- Increased desire to smile
Ready to Restore Your Smile?
Are you looking for a permanent option to restore your smile and improve your dental function after experiencing tooth loss? Contact us online today or call (713) 783-1993 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Van Slate.