Implant-supported crowns from White Pine Dental can replace single missing teeth and restore your dental function. These custom-designed restorations attach to permanent implant posts that substitute for natural tooth roots. Thus, they offer greater stability and durability than traditional dental bridges. They also offer important advantages for your overall oral health. At our Murray, UT, practice, Dr. Daniel West specializes in implant dentistry. He can use his advanced training to place an implant-supported crown. He can also perform advanced preparatory surgery to improve your candidacy for dental implants.
What Are Implant-Supported Crowns?
An implant-supported crown is an alternative to a traditional dental bridge. It can replace a single missing tooth, fitting exactly in the gap in your smile. In contrast, a traditional bridge would sit on top of your nearby teeth, or abutment teeth. Implant-supported crowns will connect to an implant post that is surgically set in your jawbone. It will take about four to six months to heal from implant surgery. This recovery period will enable the implant posts to integrate with your jawbone tissue and become a permanent part of your anatomy. Dr. West can provide a temporary restoration during this period. He will then attach your permanent crown after you have made a complete recovery.
Implant-supported crowns offer extraordinary benefits.
Candidates for Implant-Supported Crowns
If you are missing one tooth, you may be a candidate for an implant-supported crown. You could also receive several implant-supported crowns if you are missing teeth in several areas of your mouth. However, before recommending an implant, Dr. West will conduct a complete evaluation of your oral health. A strong, healthy jawbone is necessary to provide your implants sufficient support. If you have lost bone density, which is an inevitable consequence of tooth loss, you may not be a candidate for an implant-supported crown. Fortunately, Dr. West is skilled with bone grafting. This important preparatory procedure could restore your candidacy for implants.
Dr. West will also consider your general health before making a treatment recommendation. For qualified patients, implant surgery has an almost unprecedented success rate. However, if you have an autoimmune disease, bleeding disorder, or related condition, Dr. West may recommend a traditional dental bridge.
The Benefits of Implant-Supported Crowns
If you are a qualified candidate, implant-supported crowns offer extraordinary benefits over a traditional dental crown:
- To place a dental bridge, your dentist would need to reshape the abutment teeth. In contrast, an implant-supported bridge will have no impact on your natural teeth.
- Implant-supported crowns are more stable than traditional restorations, especially removable bridges. You can eat freely, and in most cases, you will not have limitations on your diet.
- When you exercise appropriate caution and care for your oral health, your implant post could last the rest of your life.
- Your implant will play the role of a dental root. Thus, it will not only support your crown, it will also send out the same regenerative signals, promoting new tissue growth and preventing bone recession.
Contact Us to Schedule Your Consultation
Find out if you are an implant candidate and learn more about how an implant-supported crown can benefit you. Contact our office online or call (801) 590-4627 to book your initial evaluation.