Permanently Restore Your Smile with Implant-Supported Crowns
Implant-supported crowns are single-tooth restorations that restore gaps in your smile, while providing stability and restored function. At Smile Solutions by Emmi Dental Associates, we are happy to provide high-quality dental crowns as a part of our restorative dental treatments. The crowns Drs. Jeffrey Emmi and Laura Dougherty provide are created with exacting precision to fit seamlessly within patients' smiles. We can place and restore your implant-supported crowns in just a few visits. To learn more about implant-supported crowns, contact our Wilmington office today.
What Is an Implant-Supported Crown?
Traditional dental crowns are tooth-shaped shells that encompass a reduced natural tooth after trauma, decay, or to support a bridge. While traditional crowns are a great option for patients who cannot afford or physically receive dental implants, they do not provide the same level of security as implant-supported crowns.
Dental implants are titanium posts that are surgically inserted within the jaw, where they mimic the function of natural tooth roots. They give patients a permanent, stable foundation for prostheses like crowns, bridges, and even dentures. Crowns placed upon implants feel and function like natural teeth.
Placing an Implant-Supported Crown
Before you receive an implant-supported crown, you will first need to undergo implant surgery. Drs. Emmi and Dougherty use diagnostic scans and X-rays to determine how your implant can be best placed to support your crown. You may receive nitrous oxide in addition to local anesthesia during surgery.
After your implant has been placed, you will be given a temporary restoration to wear while your implant heals. Over the next few months, the process of osseointegration will occur within your jaw. During this process, your jaw bone will fuse with your implant, stabilizing it in place permanently.
Once your implant and gums are healed, we attach a zirconia abutment piece to the exposed head of your implant post. Zirconia is indistinguishable within your prosthetic tooth, unlike metal abutments.
Your dental crowns are placed directly upon your zirconia abutments. Our implant-supported crowns can be made from several different materials, including porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM), IPS e.max® porcelain, and zirconia. Each of these materials has unique benefits and differs slightly in cost. Our team can help you determine what type is best for your lifestyle.
The Advantages of Implants
Implants offer a number of cosmetic and practical benefits, including:
- A natural-looking appearance: Implant-supported crowns rest against your gums, making them virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth. In addition, our advanced dental lab provides customized restorations made from the latest materials that reflect light like natural dental enamel.
- Enhanced function: Implants themselves are incredibly strong. They prevent restorations from slipping out of place, meaning you can enjoy many foods you may not have been able to with traditional crowns.
- Hygienic convenience: You will care for your implant-supported crowns just as you would your natural teeth.
- Protection for your jaw bone: Your permanent dental implants stimulate your jaw bone. This prevents it from naturally degenerating and resorbing into your body.