Primitive dental implants were in use in prehistoric times. The modern dental implant was developed in Sweden around the 1960s, and dental implants rapidly grew in popularity through the 1990s. Today, they are considered the gold standard to replace missing teeth. There are a lot of different implant-based solutions, depending on how many teeth are missing. For many people, though, a single dental implant and crown is all that is needed. Here is what you should know.
What Is a Dental Implant and Crown?
A dental implant and crown combination replaces a single tooth. If you are missing multiple teeth, you might choose a solution such as an implant supported bridge or an implant supported denture, or you might prefer multiple dental implant and crown combinations.
After removing the failing tooth, we will cut a small incision in your gum tissue and then use a series of drills to create a tiny hole in your jawbone. We will insert a tiny dental implant made of biocompatible titanium. Through osseointegration, the implant will gradually fuse with the bone, creating a solid and stable foundation to receive a customized crown.
With an attachment known as an abutment, we will carefully fit and attach a crown crafted from high quality dental porcelain. This creates a highly realistic restoration that blends well with your natural teeth. The result is both aesthetic and functional.
Traditional vs. Immediate Load Dental Implants
A traditional dental implant is placed in the jawbone and then topped with a healing cap or a cover screw. A temporary replacement replacement tooth may be utilized for several months while the implant fuses with the bone. When this process is complete, your general dentist will remove the cover and place the abutment and crown.
Sometimes an implant can be placed with the crowns or teeth placed on the same day but this option should only be used in certain clinical scenarios as this is not an option for every patient.
Advantages of Dental Implants
Dental implants have numerous benefits over other dental restorations. For example, dentures restore only around 25 percent of bite strength, while dental implants restore more than 90 percent. Likewise, a traditional dental bridge requires the healthy adjacent teeth to be shaved down and prepared for crowns, while an implant supported bridge does not disturb the neighboring teeth at all.
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