Dental implant crowns are a replacement option for missing teeth. In appearance, they nicely blend in with your other teeth, while feeling and functioning just like your other teeth as well. This state-of-the-art procedure has helped millions of people restore their ability to eat comfortably, smile confidently and maintain the overall integrity of their mouth’s bone structure and facial contours.
The implants are titanium posts that replace the root of a missing tooth. Implants are bio compatible which allows the bone to grow around the implant providing a strong foundation for the replacement tooth.
Because a surgical procedure is involved, you’ll want to first consult with Dr. Hartzell. If you are in good general health this treatment may be an option for you. We will refer you to a periodontist or an oral surgeon for an evaluation. Rest assured that we will work very closely with you and the surgeon to make your procedure a success.
There are generally five phases to getting a dental crown implant:
Through a surgical procedure, the implant is placed into the jawbone by a periodontist or an oral surgeon.
The healing process is the next phase. Here, the bone grows around the implant in a process called osseointegration, which literally means “combines with the bone”. This is what makes the implant so strong. As you can imagine, this takes time. Usually it takes 4-6 months for the implant to be fully integrated and ready for the implant crown.
Once the bone has healed around the implant, the surgeon will uncover the gum tissue above the implant and place a healing cuff. The healing cuff will shape the gum tissue in preparation for the crown.
Approximately 2 weeks after the healing cuffs are placed, Dr. Hartzell will take impressions to have your implant crown made by a professional dental lab. A shade matching the adjacent teeth will be selected to make the new crown look as natural as possible. Fabrication of an implant crown takes about 2-3 weeks.
Once your permanent implant crown is back from the lab, Dr Hartzell will secure it on the implant. Now you are ready to go – with new confidence to eat, speak, live and laugh.