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What Is the Procedure for Making a Dental Implant Crown?
Placing a dental implant crown is the final stage of the implant restoration procedure. The dental crown is the part that appears over the gum and is essentially the replacement for a lost tooth. The dental implant functions as the foundation. In this article, you will learn about the process of making a dental implant crown.
Before placing the dental implant crown
After the first consultation, placing the dental implant is the first stage of the dental implant procedure. During the surgery, the dental implant specialist will carefully insert the implant into the jawbone, usually at the site of the lost tooth. The dental implant is made from a biocompatible material, as it fuses with the jawbone to create a solid anchor with strength comparable to that of a natural tooth,
Afterward, the dentist will add the abutment, a small metal (usually titanium) piece that connects to the head of the implant. The abutment will hold the new dental crown, bridge or denture to the implant. Once the abutment is in place, the patient will be ready for the final stage of the implant restoration procedure: dental crown placement.
Fabricating the dental crown
In cases where aesthetics is highly essential, like for the front set of teeth, the dentist will use a customized temporary crown as the blueprint for the permanent crown. Placing the temporary crown gives the dental lab enough time to work on the specs of the final crown, including the color, shape and papillae regeneration. The dentist will try as much as possible to match the crown to the gum tissues and smile line and ensure that it aligns well for speech and biting function.
As part of the dental crown creating process, the dentist will consider the patient’s preferences regarding the choice of crown material, attachment technique and color matching. All these decisions, as well as the choice of dental laboratory technician, are crucial mechanical and artistic aspects that contribute to ensuring that the final dental crown comes out flawlessly. The new crown must blend with the adjacent natural teeth to make the restoration process indistinguishable. Therefore, it is important to work with an implant specialist who has the skillset, expertise and experience to deliver the best outcome.
If the dentist decides to secure the crown to the implant through the screw attachment (abutment), it will allow for easy repair or replacement in case the crown gets damaged. During creation, the crown will have an access hole for the screw, which will be covered with a tooth-colored filling. The downside is that the crown may be distinguishable from the natural teeth, and there is a slight chance that the crown will chip around the access hole.
If the crown is cemented to the implant, this issue will be avoided and the restoration will look completely natural. However, unlike a screwed crown, removing the cemented crown will be harder. The cement may also cause gum inflammation or eventual gum recession in sensitive patients.
If you are missing a tooth and considering a single tooth implant, do not hesitate to contact the dental office. The dentist will customize the dental implant crown to make it look natural and aesthetically pleasing.
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