General Dentistry

Crowns over Implants

After you lose a tooth, other teeth will slowly shift into the emptyspace.  The movement is very slow and cantake a year or more to notice.  Upperteeth will erupt downwards to fill the gap and teeth on either side may leaninwards to take up the space.  A dentalimplant is generally recommended as the best option to replace a missing tooth.

What is the process of getting my implant done?

After four to sixmonths, after the implant has been made when the implant and the bone havebonded together, a second step of the procedure is necessary to uncover theimplant and attach an extension. This temporary healing cap completes thefoundation on which your new tooth will be placed. Your gums will be allowed toheal from 2 to 6 of weeks following this procedure.

Finally, we willmake an impression to be able to create a replacement tooth called a crown andattach it to a small metal post, called an abutment. Once this is done in thelaboratory, we will place it above your implant and tighten it with a torquethat goes from 15 to 35 newtons. If the crown is screwed to the abutment, thescrew hole will be covered with restorative material such as tooth-coloredfilling material (composite).

After a shorttime, you will experience restored confidence in your smile and your ability tochew and speak. Every case is different, and some of these steps can becombined when conditions permit. We will work with you to determine the besttreatment plan.

What material is used for the crown over my implant?

Depending on eachcase, we choose between two materials for the final crown emax (metal free) orzirconium. We will explain to you and let you know which material we recommendfor you.