Invisalign® gives you a discreet way to straighten your teeth without everyone you interact with noticing anything. The same cannot be said about traditional metal braces, which were the standard way to straighten teeth for over a century. Metal braces are impossible to miss, and having all that metal on your teeth ruins their appearance.…
FAQs About Dental Implant Crowns
Getting your first dental implant is an exciting, albeit perplexing experience for those who have lost teeth. When the time comes to finally set the date for your dental implant surgery, you will probably have a few questions regarding preparation, surgery and care afterward. Although your oral surgeon and dentist will work together to come up with a list of instructions for your dental implant surgery, it is helpful to know what you are getting into prior to a consultation.
Frequently asked questions about dental implant crowns
Read on to discover the questions we hear the most at our practice.
What types of dental implant crown are available?
Metal crowns are the sturdiest out of all crown types. These metallic faux teeth are often used atop dental implants at the back of the mouth rather than the front. This is because their metallic appearance stands out against other teeth. Metal crowns last the longest but are often not used on dental implants due to aesthetics.
These crowns have the sturdiness of a metal crown mixed with the more natural appearance of a porcelain crown. Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns are more lifelike and more durable than metal crowns, but not as aesthetically pleasing as all-porcelain crowns. These crowns can show a dark border around the gumline.
All-porcelain (also known as ceramic) crowns are the most lifelike dental implant crown, and the most commonly used. Ceramic crowns best blend with the rest of the teeth, and are of similar hardness to natural teeth.
What is the lifespan of a dental implant crown?
That really depends on the type of crown and type of attachment method. Dental crowns that are attached by a screw through the top of the crown are more stable and can be removed and replaced more easily if maintenance is required. However, most patients do not prefer the look of a screw-retained implant crown due to the visibility of the screw at the top of the crown.
Dental implant crowns that are retained by cement are sturdy, but cannot be removed and replaced as easily as one retained by screw. Cemented crowns are placed directly onto the abutment with special dental cement. Screw-retained crowns can last a bit longer than cemented crowns, but both types are meant to last about a decade before being replaced.
How do I care for a dental implant crown?
The best rule of thumb when it comes to caring for a dental implant crown is to treat it as one would a natural tooth. Be careful not to use a crown as a tool (like for opening packages), and always keep it clean. Dental hygiene is very important in ensuring the longevity of a dental implant crown. Although the crown itself cannot be affected by bacteria, the gums and surrounding teeth are still susceptible to microbial attack. Gum disease can also affect the success of a dental implant crown.
Dental implant crowns can last for decades
With proper care, dental implant crowns are known to last over a decade, even longer when frequent dental cleanings and checkups are in the picture. Call our office today to get an appointment for your initial consultation.
Check out what others are saying about our services on Yelp: Read our Yelp reviews.
You may be familiar with dental implants and the benefits this treatment provides. You may also have heard that this tooth-replacement method can take several months to complete. If this lengthy process concerns you, there is an alternative. Some dental offices offer a same-day implants option. You can enjoy a new smile and the restored…
A dental crown is often recommended for a patient who has a broken or otherwise damaged tooth, and a CEREC® crown may be a good option for patients who need a new crown quickly. Patients who receive a Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics crown benefit from the dentist’s training in computer-assisted design and manufacturing…
People who are suffering from dental imperfections and are embarrassed to smile may want to visit a cosmetic dentistry specialist. This dentist can perform aesthetic procedures to improve the look of a smile. There are many reasons why people seek cosmetic dental work, and, depending on the issues, goals, and budget, there are different restoration…