The Procedure and Care of Implant Crowns
If you are missing one or more teeth, your dentist might suggest implant crowns. The implant will be surgically inserted into your jawbone by the dentist. The implant will attach to the bone and act as a root for the crown. The crown will be colored to match the rest of your teeth and look like a natural tooth after it is attached to the implant.
The procedure does require enough bone in the jaw that is strong enough to hold the implant. If there isn’t enough bone, more can be added through a bone graft.
The implant can either be secured using permanent cement or is screwed into the bone directly.
Signs an Implant is Needed
An implant is usually needed when decay has become irreparable or a root canal has gone bad. The first indication of a problem is unprovoked toothache. Your gum tissue may become swollen around the area.
In some cases, if a single rooted tooth matches the size of the implant, the implant can be inserted immediately, a process known as “immediate implant placement.” The temporary crown is then attached to the implant.
Care of Dental Implants
Implants do require regular dental care, including brushing, flossing, and periodic cleanings. You will receive detailed instructions when it comes to the care of your new teeth. The process is very similar to how you care for the rest of your teeth.